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2020 South Australian Music Awards: The full list of winners

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2020 South Australian Music Awards: The full list of winners

After a somewhat fractured year for the local industry, the South Australian Music Awards have returned once again, handing out a litany of honours at their annual ceremony overnight.

Returning for its ninth year, and sixth under its current moniker, it became clear rather quickly that this year’s edition of the South Australian Music Awards would be a little different to usual. Hosted by Three D Radio’s Isaac Selby, the 2020 round of awards became an outdoor affair, with the event taking over the Cloisters and Unibar Lawns at Adelaide Uni, and featuring a range of performances from nominees J-MILLA, Lonelyspeck, Chelsea Manor, and SEABASS.

Undoubtedly, it became a massive night of celebration for both nominees and attendees alike, with the 29 Industry Voted and People’s Choice Award categories shining a light on some of the State’s best songwriters, performers and industry personnel. Of course, it was a big one for the likes of Motez and Wing Defence, who both took home multiple honours, while talented names such as Ollie English, Naomi Keyte, Towns, and Siberian Tiger also received well-deserved recognition.

Notably, both Motez and Wing Defence tied for the coveted Best Release award, with each act taking home three awards, including Best Video and People’s Choice Electronic Artist for the former, and Best Group and People’s Choice Punk Artist for the latter.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni gave his congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2020 South Australian Music Awards on their achievements and success.

“The SAM Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate South Australia’s talented performers, songwriters and our local music industry which makes an enormous contribution to our economy and wellbeing,” Minister Pisoni said.

While the 2020 edition of the South Australian Music Awards would have been far from what was expected at the start of the year, organisers have taken pride in the fact that the SAMs have managed to become the first major scale award ceremony to be held in such a manner during the year that has been.

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2020 South Australian Music 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 – Presented by Adelaide Music Collective

Ghostnote Recording Studios

Best Studio Engineer / Producer – Presented by SAE institute Adelaide

Mario Spate

Best Live Technician – Presented by Novatech

Luke Hancock

Best Major Festival / Event – Presented by Pirate Life

Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Adelaide

Best Small Festival / Event – Presented by Unibar Adelaide

The Porch Sessions

Best Venue – Presented by AHA (SA Branch)

Lion Arts Factory

Best Cover Art – Presented by Version Design

Todd Fischer

Lost Woods (Shaping Distant Memories)

Best Manager – Presented by Association of Artist Managers

Matthew Khabbaz

Best Music Video – Presented by Channel 44

Motez, Pilot Studio, Mapped Design, Daggers Production, Kelsee Pedler

Motez (‘Soulitude’)

Best Song – Presented by APRA AMCOS

Jess Day (‘Affection’)

Best New Artist – Presented by WOMADelaide

Siberian Tiger


Best Group – Presented by Derringers Music

Wing Defence

Best Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Artist – Presented by Centre For Aboriginal Studies In Music (CASM)

Jessica Wishart

Best Solo Artist – Presented by

Jess Day

Best Release – Presented by

Motez (‘Soulitude’)

Wing Defence (‘Friends’)

Best Music Educator – Presented by SAMII

Nick O’connor

Best Innovation – Presented by Citymag

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People’s Choice Awards

Blues and Roots – Presented by Radio Adelaide

Ollie English

Country  – Presented by The Grace Emily Hotel

Jessica Wishart

Electronic – Presented by Moshtix


Experimental – Presented by Ancient World

Sons Of Zoku

Folk – Presented by The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Naomi Keyte

Heavy – Presented by Enigma Bar

No No No No No

Hip Hop – Presented by The Gov

We Move Like Giants

Jazz – Presented by Elder Conservatorium

Django Rowe

Pop – Presented by Jive


Punk – Presented by Three D Radio

Wing Defence

Rock – Presented by Crown & Anchor Hotel


Soul / Funk / R&B – Presented by Woodville Town Hall


This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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