Johannesburg, South Africa: the South African Metal Music Awards 2021 – Recognizing the achievements of South African Metal in 2020 is here!
The 2020 year was undoubtedly a strange year for the South African metal music industry. The Covid-19 pandemic certainly put a stop to business as usual. Nonetheless, many industry players took the opportunity to explore new ventures that would keep the hunger for heavy metal satisfied.
Many bands, and even festivals, embraced the new culture of online socializing and fellowship. Others used this opportunity to hunker down in the studio to create new content. South African metal was still able to have a good run, despite the global pandemic and so the SAMMA team is proud to bring you the 8th edition of the South African Metal Music Awards.
SAMMA 2021: adjustments to categories and criteria
Submissions are now open for the 2020 year run. Several adjustments to the eligibility criteria have been made in order to accommodate for the disruptions of the 2020 year. There are also some new categories and amendments to existing categories, designed to create more inclusivity within the broader South African Metal Music industry. Please do read the Eligibility Criteria for each category carefully before submitting your band. In addition to the highly detailed and monstrous 26-page Operations Manual, we’ve included a compressed version for easier reference this year.
Submissions via forms:
Visit the link to the relevant form/s below and fill it in to submit your achievement for review. Please note that submissions that do not comply with the Eligibility Criteria for that category will not be reviewed, so please read through carefully before jumping into the forms.
Best Metal Music Video of 2020
Best Metal Single of 2020
Best Metal EP of 2020
Best Metal Album of 2020
Best Metal Newcomer of 2020
Best Live Metal Act of 2020
Best Extreme Metal Band of 2020
Best Old School Metal Band of 2020
Best Progressive Metal Band of 2020
Best Alternative Metal Band of 2020
Best Concert featuring Metal of 2020
Best Festival featuring Metal of 2020
Best Metal Design of 2020
Best Press Photograph of a Metal band in 2020
Best Live Photograph of a Metal band in 2020
Check out previous title-holders of the South African Metal Music Awards here.