Scottish Alternative Music Awards: The 2019 Winners

The Vegan Leather, OK Button, Steg G and Zoe Graham were among the winners at this year's SAMAs

Article by Jamie Dunn | 30 Oct 2019
  • Vegan Leather live at Electric Fields 2018

The tenth edition of the SAMAs took place this weekend at St Luke’s in Glasgow with live performances on the night from Franky’s Evil Party, One Nine and The Cosmic Dead.

The aim of the annual awards is to “recognise the best new Scottish music, shining a spotlight across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres”, and the seven awards handed out  certainly covered an wide range of acts and artists

Among the winners were the Aberdeen-rooted OK Button, who picked up Best Electronic; Paisley art-pop quartet The Vegan Leather, who won Best Live Act; and up-and-coming West Lothian four-piece The Snuts took Best Rock/Alternative act. Handing out awards on the night were Vic Galloway, Chris McQueer, and various other music biz folk.

“This year’s SAMA’s were another huge celebration of Scottish music!” said Richy Muirhead, the SAMAs creative director. “It is fantastic to see the public get so involved and participate in the vote to determine the winners, we gathered over 12,500 votes in two days this year which is a new record – it’s great to see so many people engaging with the nominations, streaming the music, and discovering other artists involved. The seven winners are all very exciting artists with exciting futures ahead.”

The full list of nominees and winners is below:

Best Newcomer

Kapil Seshasayee

Best Electronic

OK Button
Ela Orleans

Best Hip Hop

Steg G
Billy Got Waves
Delivery Room
Nova Scotia The Truth

Best Acoustic

Zoe Graham 
Aaron Smith
Annie Booth
Lizabett Russo

Best Live Act

The Vegan Leather 
Bossy Love

Best Metal

From Sorrow To Serenity

Best Rock/Alternative

The Snuts
Fabric Bear
Heavy Rapids
Walt Disco

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