2020 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards were staged at UniBar Adelaide's College Green (3 November).
South Australia's music community and industry have celebrated the State's best music creatives of the past 12 months at the 2020 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards.
Staged on the grounds of UniBar Adelaide's College Green (3 November), the 2020 SAM Awards are one of the first awards ceremonies to be rolled out at its full capacity, in its full format, anywhere around the country this year.
The two major winners of the night were electronic artist Motez and indie pop, punk duo Wing Defence, who each scored three Awards (including tying for Best Release – the first time that has happened in the SAM Awards history).
Motez also collected Best Video and People's Choice Electronic Artist awards; while Wing Defence managed to also score Best Group and People's Choice Punk Artist gongs.
In total, 29 industry voted and People's Choice awards were given out with local legends Ollie English, Naomi Keyte, Jessica Wishart (twice), Wanderers, Jess Day (twice), Towns and Siberian Tiger all winning on the night.
"It was so wonderful to be able to gather for the SAM Awards," Music SA General Manager, Kim Roberts says.
"It was a beautiful night and the perfect way to celebrate the depth and breadth of talent here in SA, especially after such a tough time for the industry.
"Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees, and to the team of great people that worked hard to make this event possible."
The outdoor ceremony was hosted by Three D Radio's Isaac Selby and witnessed live performances from SAM Award 2020 nominees J-MILLA, Lonelyspeck, Chelsea Manor and SEABASS.
2020 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards Winners
Adelaide Unesco City Of Music Award For Best International Collaboration Farhan Shah And Udan Khatola
Music SA Community Achievement Award Craig Armstrong
Industry Voted Awards
Best Studio Ghostnote Recording Studios
Best Studio Engineer, Producer Mario Spate
Best Live Technician Luke Hancock
Best Major Festival, Event St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival - Adelaide
Best Small Festival, Event The Porch Sessions
Best Venue Lion Arts Factory
Best Cover Art Todd Fischer - Lost Woods ('Shaping Distant Memories')
Best Manager Matthew Khabbaz
Best Music Video Motez, Pilot Studio, Mapped Design, Daggers Production, Kelsee Pedler - Motez ('Soulitude')
Best Song Jess Day - 'Affection'
Best New Artist Siberian Tiger & Slowmango* awarded jointly
Best Group Wing Defence
Best Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Artist Jessica Wishart
Best Solo Artist Jess Day
Best Release Motez ('Soulitude') & Wing Defence ('Friends')* awarded jointly