Scotland’s national music prize, the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, has officially announced the twenty outstanding Scottish albums which have made it onto this year’s coveted Longlist.
In alphabetical order:
- Anna Meredith FIBS
- Blanck Mass Animated Violence Mild
- Bossy Love Me + U
- Callum Easter Here Or Nowhere
- Cloth Cloth
- Comfort Not Passing
- Declan Welsh & The Decadent West Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold
- Elephant Sessions What Makes You
- Erland Cooper Sule Skerry
- Fat-Suit Waifs & Strays
- Free Love Extreme Dance Anthems
- Honeyblood In Plain Sight
- Karine Polwart Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook
- Lewis Capaldi Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
- Mezcla Shoot the Moon
- The Ninth Wave Infancy
- NOVA RE-UP
- Sacred Paws Run Around The Sun
- SHHE SHHE
- Vistas Everything Changes In The End
General Manager of the SMIA, Robert Kilpatrick said, “2020 is the ninth year of The SAY Award, marking what is undoubtedly our most important campaign to date.
“As we all continue to navigate the personal and professional challenges we face, celebrating may feel unnatural for many of us. For our music community especially, which heavily relies on physical spaces and people coming together, 2020 has presented a vast array of challenges that last year were unimaginable.
“But as we celebrate our culture, we help further articulate its value, and we draw more eyes and ears to some of the best new music Scotland has to offer.
“This year’s Longlist showcases 20 outstanding albums, and it is arguably the most diverse range of albums of any SAY Award Longlist to date. Never have we been prouder to announce the Longlist, and never more than now has it felt truly special and important to do so.
“A huge congratulations to each of this year’s Nominees, and a heartfelt thank you to our partners’ incredible commitment to championing Scottish music at a time it’s never been more needed.”
Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland said, “In this year like no other, music has given us the strength to get through whatever life has thrown at us. Scotland’s musicians have shown us, time and time again, that their creativity can thrive in the most difficult circumstances.
“These 20 albums were recorded when Covid-19 wasn’t even a blip on the horizon but there’s a glorious thread of that same creativity running through them all. This thread pulls together different genres, binds debut artists and seasoned stars, and makes The SAY Award such a wonderful expression of Scotland’s world-class musical talent.”
Following a turbulent few months in the Scottish music industry, The SAY Award’s Live at the Longlist virtual event brought artists, industry professionals and music fans together from across the globe. Filmed at Edinburgh venues 54EP and Summerhall and co-hosted by Nicola Meighan and Vic Galloway, the digital event saw the exclusive reveal of the highly-anticipated Longlist, with viewers treated to special, socially distanced performances from former SAY Award nominees Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and Sacred Paws.
The SAY Award Longlist is the product of a nationwide consultation; encapsulating the strength and diversity of Scotland’s music scene. This year, a record-breaking 362 album submissions were narrowed down to the 20-strong Longlist by 100 impartial nominators representing a variety of genres including jazz, classical, hip-hop, pop, trad folk, rock, electronic, indie and many more. The newly announced Longlist will now be whittled down to a final 10 albums to make up this year’s Shortlist, one of which can be chosen by music fans in a 72-hour public vote. From 5th – 7th October, music fans have the chance to ensure their favourite album from the Longlist makes it onto the Shortlist by voting at www.sayaward.com. The top 10 albums to make the Shortlist will then be announced on 8th October 2020 ahead of the winner announcement on Thursday 29th October.
The winner of The SAY Award will collect £20,000, one of the most lucrative prize funds in the UK, while all nine runners-up are each awarded £1,000 and their own bespoke award. To date, The SAY Award has distributed over £232,000 in prize money across eight previous campaigns, with 2020 set to be another stellar year in showcasing the best of Scotland’s music industry.