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Scottish Album Of The Year Award shortlist announced

By | Published on Friday 8 October 2021

Scottish Album Of The Year Award

The shortlist for this year’s Scottish Album Of The Year Awards has been announced, with Biffy Clyro, Arab Strap and Mogwai among the acts up for the £20,000 prize.

Ten albums are now in the running for the award, with the artists behind the nine records that don’t get the top price also getting £1000. One of the shortlisted albums is chosen by the public, with that spot this year going to Stanley Odd’s ‘Stay Odd’.

The Scottish Music Industry Association’s Robert Kilpatrick says of this year’s shortlist: “The SAY Award shortlist comprises ten of the best Scottish records of the last year, all released throughout the pandemic. With some of the biggest names in Scottish music featured alongside some of our nation’s most exciting rising talents, 2021’s shortlist showcases the exciting, diverse and resilient nature of our music community despite eighteen months of significant challenges”.

“It firmly recognises music’s cultural impact and life-changing value, and brings to the forefront a recorded output that all of us in Scotland can – and should – feel proud of”, he adds.

The full shortlist is:

AiiTee – Love Don’t Fall

Arab Strap – As Days Get Dark

Biffy Clyro – A Celebration Of Endings

Joesef – Does It Make You Feel Good?

Lizzie Reid – Cubicle

Mogwai – As The Love Continues

Rachel Newton – To The Awe

Stanley Odd – Stay Odd

The Ninth Wave – Happy Days!

The Snuts – WL

This year’s ceremony will also see the introduction of a new Modern Scottish Classic Award, which celebrates “an outstanding album from Scotland’s past” and is voted for by the 20 acts that made up the longlist for this year’s main award. They chose Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’.

“‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ by Frightened Rabbit is a record that many of us hold close to our hearts, and for it to claim the inaugural [Classic Album] prize is a special moment for both The SAY Award and Scotland’s music community as a whole”, says Kilpatrick. “It’s a record we’re proud to be honouring this year, and one we know will continue to be both celebrated and cherished for many years to come”.

The SAY Awards ceremony will this year take place at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 23 Oct.

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