Scottish Album of the Year Award unveils 2020 Longlist

Scottish Album of the Year Award unveils 2020 Longlist

Callum Easter, SHHE, Cloth and Sacred Paws are amongst the 20 artists with albums in the running for the coveted SAY Award £20k prize

The Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) has officially unveiled its 2020 Longlist. The 20 albums that make up the Longlist were announced tonight as part of the SAY Award's Live at the Longlist virtual event. Filmed at Edinburgh venues 54EP and Summerhall, the event was co-hosted by Nicola Meighan and Vic Galloway and also featured performances by former SAY Award nominees Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and Sacred Paws.

Developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the SAY Award annually celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums of the past year, spanning a variety of genres from artists across the country. Since its launch in 2012, the SAY Award has become Scotland's most sought-after music prize.

The 2020 Longlist features a wide variety of genres including jazz, classical, hip-hop, pop, trad folk, rock, electronic and indie. Artists with albums in the Longlist include Callum Easter, Honeyblood, Lewis Capaldi, SHHE, The Ninth Wave, Cloth, Karine Polwart, Blanck Mass, Sacred Paws and more.

'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,' said Robert Kilpatrick, General Manager of the SMIA. '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.'

Scottish Album of the Year Award unveils 2020 Longlist


A record-breaking 362 albums were submitted for SAY Award consideration this year. The 20 albums on the Longlist will soon be reduced to a Shortlist of 10 albums, of which nine titles will be decided by the judging panel. The final album will be chosen by music fans in a 72-hour online public vote which will be open from 5–7 Oct at

The final winning artist will collect a £20,000 cash prize and nine runners up will each be awarded £1,000. To date, the SAY Award has distributed over £232,000 in prize money. The final SAY Award 2020 ceremony will take place on Thu 29 Oct.

'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,' said Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland. '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.'

SAY Award 2020 Longlist:

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
Sacred Paws – Run Around The Sun
Vistas – Everything Changes In The End

Previous winners of the SAY Award include Auntie Flo's Radio Highlife (2019), Young Fathers' Cocoa Sugar (2018), Sacred Paws' Strike A Match (2017), Anna Meredith's Varmints (2016), Kathryn Joseph's Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I've Spilled (2015), Young Fathers' Tape Two (2014), RM Hubbert's Thirteen Lost & Found (2013) and the inaugural winner Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat's Everything's Getting Older (2012).

Watch the SAY Award Live at the Longlist virtual event and follow the SAY Award on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

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