The SAM Awards exist to recognise, promote and celebrate excellence in the South Australian contemporary music industry and take place annually in Adelaide, South Australia every November. It has become a stand out fixture on the UNESCO Adelaide, City of Music’s calendar of music events and is a “night of nights” for the South Australian music community.

This years SAM Awards took place at the Adelaide Town Hall on Thursday 8th November, 6PM red carpet special and hosted by the legendary music journalist Zan Rowe. WE TRUST YOU HAD A FANTASTIC TIME !!!!

The SAM Awards are presented annually by Music SA with support from the South Australian Government, our major partners and the generosity of our sponsors. Every year we see a star-studded red carpet full of SA musicians celebrating another year of national and international success. From A.B. Original’s huge award grabs, to Tkay Maidza’s explosive opening performances, the SAM Awards have reached national acclaim. Music Industry delegates from far and wide come to Adelaide every year to experience the distinctive SAM Awards and, this year, it’s time for a huge celebration of SA talent.

The inaugural South Australian Music Awards took place in November 2015, after having been previously run as the Fowler’s Live Music Awards since 2012. Not-for-profit organisation Music SA took custodianship of the rebranded SAM Awards in 2015 and continues to build and grow the event to this very day.


Acknowledgement of Country
The SAM Awards acknowledges the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, the traditional custodians of this land. We acknowledge their continuing culture and pay respect to Elders past and present.



Best International Collaboration 

– presented by Adelaide UNESCO City Of Music
House of Songs Project

Lifetime Achievement Award  

– presented by Music SA
The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

Ryan Freeman Live Music Award

Robert Dunstan

Best Studio

Chapel Lane Studios

Best Engineer

Tom Barnes

Best Music Festival / Event

– presented by moshtix
Porch Sessions

Best Music Venue

Grace Emily Hotel

Best Manager

Craig Lock

Best Cover Art

Henry Stentiford – The Bitter Darlings ‘Stuart Highway’

Best Music Video

Richard Coburn – A.B. Original’s ‘January 26th

Best Song 

– presented by APRA AMCOS
A.B. Original – January 26th 
feat. Dan Sultan

Best New Artist

Heaps Good Friends

Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist

A.B. Original

Best Group

A.B. Original

Best Male Artist


Best Female Artist

Tkay Maidza 

Best Release

A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia


Blues/Roots Award 

– presented by Radio Adelaide

Country Award 

– presented by Grace Emily Hotel
The Bitter Darlings

Electronic Award 

– presented by Fresh 92.7
Abbey Howlett

Experimental Award 

– presented by Ancient World

Folk Award 

– presented by Wheatsheaf Hotel
The Winter Gyspy

Heavy Award 

– presented by Australian Rock & Metal Institute
Ice On Mercury

Hip Hop Award 

– presented by Northern Sound System
A.B. Original

Jazz/Art Music Award 

– presented by Elder Conservatorium
Ross McHenry

Pop Award 

– presented by The Gov
Rachael Leahcar

Punk Award 

– presented by Crown & Anchor
Young Offenders

Rock Award 

– presented by Fat Controller

World Music Award 

– presented by WOMADelaide
Adam Page



Major Partners: Music Development office, moshtix & australian hotels association