Callum Easter, Fauves and Saor are among the winners of Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2020.

The 11th edition of the SAMAs, taking place virtually and streamed globally via Twitch, also saw performances by Walt Disco and 2020 SAY Award winner Nova, with DJ Jim Gellatly hosting the event alongside spoken word artist Leyla Josephine.

A three-day public ballot took place last week and the nominated acts received over 10,000 votes, leading to the seven awards as follows:

Taahliah took two awards – Best Electronic and Best Newcomer – and as well as being the first black trans artist to be nominated, is the first artist to be nominated and win in two categories in the same year.

Singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon, previously nominated as Composer Of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, took the award for Best Acoustic.

Dundonian rapper India Rose took the prize for Best Hip Hop, and Edinburgh’s Callum Easter – a SAY Award shortlistee for his Lost Map release ‘Here Or Nowhere – was declared Best Live Act.

And Saor – whose name means ‘free’ in Scottish Gaelic – took the Best Metal award, while Glasgow ‘art funk” sextet Fauves topped the vote for Best Indie.

Double winner Taahliah said: “I’m delighted to have won! Especially, winning twice. It is a real honour to be the first black trans artist to win, but I know and hope I will not be the last. It means a lot to be recognised so highly, so early on my career as an artist.”

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