The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award – Scotland’s National Music Prize – has announces its ten-strong Shortlist, as the date of the final selection approaches.
Previous winner Kathryn Joseph is among the remaining contenders, alongside Constant Follower and Hamish Hawk, all having made it out of the 20-strong recently announced SAY Award Longlist.
The annual presentation event will make its Stirling debut on Thursday 20th October approaches at the Albert Halls during an evening of exclusive announcements and special live performances.
This year’s record-breaking 369 eligible album submissions were whittled down to a Longlist of 20 records by 100 impartial industry nominators, before a panel of cultural tastemakers and industry professionals selected nine of those to remain in the running for the SAY Award title, with the tenth Shortlisted album chosen by music fans via this year’s 72-hour online public vote.
As well as the winner receiving the £20,000 first prize – one of the most lucrative prize funds in the UK – the nine runners up take away £1,000 each as well as bespoke trophies created via The SAY Design Commission.
In alphabetical order, The SAY Award Shortlist for 2022 is:
AiiTee – ‘Better Days’
Constant Follower – ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’
Fergus McCreadie – ‘Forest Floor’
Hamish Hawk – ‘Heavy Elevator’
Hen Hoose – ‘Equaliser’
Kathryn Joseph – ‘for you who are the wronged’
Kobi Onyame – ‘Don’t Drink The Poison’
Niteworks – ‘A’Ghrian’
Proc Fiskal – ‘Siren Spine Sysex’
Walt Disco – ‘Unlearning’
Robert Kilpatrick, Creative Director of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) / The SAY Award, said: “The SAY Award Shortlist recognises 10 of the best Scottish records of the last year, firmly showcasing the strength and diversity of Scotland’s recorded output in 2022. In just two weeks time, we’ll be celebrating and championing each of these records at Stirling’s Albert Halls, with one set to take the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year along with the £20,000 first prize. Massive congratulations and best of luck to all Shortlisted artists.