Scottish Album of the Year Award

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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award
The SAY Award logo 2016.png
Awarded forBest album by a Scottish artist
First awarded2012

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is Scotland's national music prize, given annually for an outstanding album produced by a Scottish artist. The award was launched in 2012 by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) in partnership with Creative Scotland.[1]

Wielding a £20,000 prize for the winner, 9 runner-up prizes of £1,000 each and a design commission which highlights the enduring links between music, art and design in Scotland, The SAY Award is respected by artists, valued by the industry and is responsible for both a surge in musical discovery and an explosion of impassioned debate on social media.

Placing artistic merit before sales history, genre or record label affiliation, The SAY Award dispenses with categorisation, opting instead for the creation of a bold, unifying platform from which Scotland’s most outstanding albums – across all genres – can be celebrated, discovered and championed.


Once all eligible albums have been collated, 100 impartial ‘Nominators’, chosen from sectors including journalism, broadcast and radio, music retail and live music venues, will consider the titles from The SAY Award’s Eligible Albums list, nominating their five favourite albums and ranking them in order of preference. ‘Nominators’ include specialists in a variety of genres, such as jazz, classical, electronic and traditional folk, as well as key influencers from elsewhere in the arts, and cannot have a commercial interest in any of the albums being discussed. The SMIA assigns a score to each title in a Nominator’s Top 5, before announcing the 20 highest scoring albums as The SAY Award Longlist.

The Longlist is then whittled down to a Shortlist of 10 albums, one of which will be chosen by music fans via an online public vote and the others decided by The SAY Award judging panel. Previous judges have included the composer Craig Armstrong, Turner Prize winning artists Douglas Gordon and Susan Philipsz, Filmmaker Lynne Ramsey, Music Editor of The Skinny Tallah Brash, DJ and Promoter Sarra Wild, Edinburgh International Festival Director Fergus Linehan, Sub Club Partner/Director Barry Price and Scottish Ballet’s Sophie Laplane.

The SAY Award Shortlist is then honoured at an exclusive ceremony, with each title receiving an award created by The SAY Award Design Commission winner and

a minimum of £1,000. The SAY Award judging panel reconvene for the ceremony and decide who picks up the £20,000 first prize and coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year.[2]

Past winners[edit]

Year Winner Shortlisted Longlisted References
2012 Bill Wells and Aidan MoffatEverything's Getting Older
  • 6th Borough Project – One Night In The Borough
  • Bwani Junction – Fully Cocked
  • Chris Stout – Brazillian Theory
  • FOUND – factorycraft
  • Fudge Fingas – Now About How
  • Jonny – Jonny
  • Muscles of Joy – Muscles of Joy
  • Richard Craig – Inward
  • Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell – Ghosts Outside
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks – In The Pit Of The Stomach
2013 RM HubbertThirteen Lost & Found
  • Auntie Flo – Future Rhythm Machine
  • Calvin Harris – 18 Months
  • Dam Mantle – Brothers Fowl
  • Duncan Chisholm – Affric
  • Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
  • Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic
  • Konrad Wiszniewski & Euan Stevenson – New Focus
  • Miaoux Miaoux – Light of the North
  • PAWS – Cokefloat!
  • The Unwinding Hours – Afterlives
2014 Young FathersTape Two
  • Adam Holmes – Heirs and Graces
  • Adam Stafford – Imaginary Walls Collapse
  • Camera Obscura – Desire Lines
  • Dunedin Consort – J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
  • Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
  • Kid Canaveral – Now That You Are A Dancer
  • Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart
  • Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire – (self-titled)
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Berlioz: Les Nuit D’été
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – In The Spirit Of Duke
2015 Kathryn JosephBones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I've Spilled.
  • Blue Rose Code – The Ballads of Peckham Rye
  • Fatherson – I Am An Island
  • Idlewild – Everything Ever Written
  • King Creosote – From Scotland With Love
  • Mike Vass – In The Wake Of Neil Gunn
  • Mogwai – Rave Tapes
  • The Phantom Band – Strange Friend
  • The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
  • Treacherous Orchestra – Grind
  • Withered Hand – New Gods
2016 Anna MeredithVarmints
  • Admiral Fallow – Tiny Rewards
  • Django Django – Born Under Saturn
  • Dunedin Consort – Bach Magnificat
  • Hector Bizerk – The Waltz of Modern Psychiatry
  • Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
  • Iain Morrison – Eas
  • Jarlath Henderson – Hearts Broken, Heads Turned
  • Miaoux Miaoux – School of Velocity
  • Primal Scream – Chaosmosis
  • Rachel Sermanni – Tied to the Moon
2017 Sacred PawsStrike a Match
  • Adam Holmes and The Embers – Brighter Still
  • Frightened Rabbit – Painting Of A Panic Attack
  • Fatherson – Open Book
  • King Creosote – Astronaut Meets Appleman
  • Modern Studies – Swell To Great
  • Starless – Starless
  • Teenage Fanclub – Here
  • TeenCanteen – Say It All With A Kiss
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy
  • Vukovi – Vukovi
2018 Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  • Adam Holmes and the Embers – Midnight Milk
  • Blue Rose Code – The Water of Leith
  • Catholic Action – In Memory Of
  • Chris Stout & Catriona McKay – Bare Knuckle
  • Elephant Sessions – All We Have Is Now
  • Happy Meals – Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony (Volumes IV - VI)
  • Martha Ffion – Sunday Best
  • Neon Waltz – Strange Hymns
  • Pronto Mama – Any Joy
  • The Spook School – Could It Be Different?


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Scottish Album of the Year Award launches to celebrate country's finest musical talent". STV. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 2019-06-14.
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  4. ^ West, Rosamund. "Scottish Album of the Year 2012 shortlist announced". The Skinny. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  5. ^ Michaels, Sean. "RM Hubbert wins Scottish Album of the Year Award". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Revealed: The shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year". The Scotsman. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Young Fathers win Scottish Album of the Year for Tape Two". BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Young Fathers win Scottish Album of the Year Award". The Skinny. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Kathryn Joseph Wins The SAY Award 2015". Clash. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Shortlist for the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year Award revealed". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  11. ^ "SAY Award 2017: Shortlist revealed". The Skinny. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  12. ^ Sacred Paws - Strike A Match, retrieved 2017-11-21
  13. ^ "Young Fathers win Scottish Album of the Year for Cocoa Sugar". BBC News. Retrieved 8 September 2018.