2020 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards Winners

2020 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards were staged at UniBar Adelaide's College Green (3 November). 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

Best Music Educator
Nick O'Connor

Best Innovation
Play / Pause / Play

People's Choice Awards

Blues And Roots

Ollie English

Jessica Wishart


Sons Of Zoku

Naomi Keyte

No No No No No

Hip Hop
We Move Like Giants

Django Rowe


Wing Defence


Soul, Funk, R&B



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