South African Music Awards (SAMA 20) – entries now open

samaOne of the biggest events on the South African calendar and certainly the premier event on the entertainment scene, the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) is taking entries for the milestone 20th edition in 2014.

The SAMAs will take place at the mecca of entertainment, Sun City, on 27-28 April 2014. The awards ceremonies celebrate excellence in the South African music industry and are the culmination of months of hard work for the artists involved.

2013 witnessed a new breed of musical superstars dominate the SAMAs; 2014 is expected to be a watershed year for the awards as they celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Says SAMA Spokesperson David du Plessis: “Following a highly successful event this year, we have kept the format and the categories for the iconic 20th edition of the Annual SAMAs largely the same. Winning a SAMA is still the highest accolade a musician or producer can win in South African music. We look forward to receiving top quality entries for next year’s milestone ceremony”.

The entries close at 18h00 on 30 November 2013. Those wishing to submit an entry and need details for the entry system, can contact the SAMA office on 011 886 1342.

The rules document is also available on

The full list of categories for the 20th Annual SAMAs are:

• Album of the Year
• Duo or Group of the Year
• Female Artist of the Year
• Male Artist of the Year
• Newcomer of the Year

• Best Rock Album
• Best Pop Album
• Beste Pop Album
• Best Adult Contemporary Album
• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
• Best African Adult Album
• Best Alternative Album
• Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album
• Best Rap Album
• Best Kwaito Album
• Best Dance Album
• Best Traditional Faith Music Album
• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
• Best Traditional Album
• Best Maskandi Album
• Best Jazz Album
• Best Classic & Instrumental Album
• Best Live DVD

• Lifetime Achievement Award
• International Achievement Awards

• Best Selling Award
• Best Selling Album
• Best Selling DVD
• Best Selling Mobile Music Download
• Best Selling True-Tone
• Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone
• Best Selling Full-Track Download
• Best Collaboration

• Best Music Video of the Year
• Best Producer of the Year
• Best Engineer of the Year
• Remix of the Year

• Record of the Year

• Highest Airplay of the Year

For the 20th Annual SAMAs the Best Kiddies Album category falls away and will be replaced by the Beste Pop Album for artists who perform popular commercial music in Afrikaans.

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