THE nominations for the 13th annual Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) have officially been unveiled, with the winners set to be announced at a ceremony at Glasgow’s Saint Luke’s on Thursday 8th December 2022.

From floor-filling funk to psychedelic folk, from uplifting r’n’b and hedonistic slam metal to intimate soul and socially-realist hip hop, the 28 SAMA 2022 nominees show exceptional levels of talent and creativity at play across Scotland in the past twelve months. This year’s nomination list is perhaps the most eclectic in SAMAs strong history.

The public can vote for the best nominee in each of the seven categories via an online vote which is open from 12pm Monday 28th, to 5pm Wednesday 30th November. The system allowes one vote per IP address to ensure the winning results are fair and accurate. You can vote on

The results will be announced at a live prize-giving ceremony at Glasgow’s Saint Luke’s on December 8 hosted by new music champion Jim Gellatly and acclaimed poet Leyla Josephine.

Now supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, the ceremony will feature live performances by electro-rock outfit Vlure, rap trio The Honey Farm and indie-soulster Becky Sikasa.

The full nominations can be seen below.

Best Newcomer sponsored by The Academy of Music & Sound
Lonely Carp
P Caso
Pocket Monica

Best Acoustic sponsored by BTO BeCreative
Becky Sikasa
Fairweather Friends
Lewis McLaughlin
Linzi Clark

Best Metal sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow
Party Cannon

Best Live Act sponsored by Musicians’ Union
Hannah Laing
Tom McGuire & the Brassholes

Best Electronic sponsored by citizenM hotels
Grim Lusk
J Wax
Sonia Killmann

Best Hip Hop sponsored by Help Musicians
Becca Starr
Sean Focus

Best Rock/Alternative sponsored by Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox
Brooke Combe
Dutch Wine

Founded over a decade ago by Richy Muirhead, the SAMA have grown in prominence over the years, with past winners including Fatherson, Gerry Cinnamon and Lewis Capaldi.