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The Scottish Album of the Year Award returns for 2022

Artists, producers, and music fans can now submit eligible albums for Scotland’s most prestigious music prize


On 20 October at Stirling’s Albert Halls, artists, industry professionals, press and music fans will gather for the SAY Award ceremony, a night celebrating the very best of Scottish music. Now in its 11th year, the national music prize exists to champion the cultural impact of Scottish albums and support the artists who create them, with the winner receiving £20,000. Nine runners up will also walk away with a prize of £1,000 each.

Submission for the award is simple: albums released between 1 June 2021 – 31 May 2022 can be entered for free on the SAY website by anyone. That means that not only can musicians and artist management submit their own work, but music fans can also champion albums that they believe deserve consideration.

Two further awards will be given out at the ceremony. The Modern Scottish Classic Award recognises an iconic album from Scotland’s past, whilst the Sound of Young Scotland Award funds up-and-coming Scottish talent under the age of 25.

Mogwai - Ritchie Sacramento (Official Video)

Last year’s winners were post-rock band Mogwai with their album ‘As The Love Continues’. Speaking on the band’s win, member Stuart Braithwaite described it as a “huge honour”.

“To be recognised by a panel of peers in this way meant the world to us as a band, particularly given the quality of the other musicians on both the Longlist and Shortlist,” he said. “Scotland continues to produce a plethora of great musicians making outstanding work year on year so for us to win this award is humbling in the extreme.”

Cast your vote now at sayaward.com. Find tickets for Mogwai here.