SAMMYS Now Accepting Submissions for 2021 Awards

The Syracuse Area Music Awards is now accepting submissions for consideration in the 2021 SAMMY Awards. From now until Jan. 6 Syracuse area musicians are encouraged to submit recordings — commercially released albums or EPs released in the 2020 calendar year.

A change in this year’s submissions is that all entries will be accepted online only here and must be available on Apple Music, Spotify or Tidal. No physical recordings will be accepted. Submissions will be open until Jan. 6. Artists will choose one category to be judged in. Categories are subject to change at the discretion of the judges.

The SAMMY Awards will be streamed live on March 5 from SubCat Studios in Syracuse. The stream will be free and include performances by area musicians. Awards will be presented in 12 recording categories along with the People’s Choice Awards in four categories, the Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist, the Jack O. Bocchino Spirit of the SAMMYS Award and the Community Spirit Award.

Last year’s winners included:

Best Pop2020Stephen Phillips – Big Eyes & Rosy Cheeks
Best Country2020Whiskey Hollow Rush – True Stories
Best Jazz2020Melissa Gardiner – Empowered
Best Hip-Hop or Rap2020Slick Fashionz_ – Purple
Best Blues2020Diana Jacobs – What She Needs
Best R&B2020Gary Carpentier – LUCID
Best Americana2020Off the Ground – Cleared for Takeoff
Best Alternative2020The Action! – 20 Years Alive
Best Rock2020Chris Eves and the New Normal – One Spark
Best Hard Rock2020Kris Wiechmann – The Heaviest Tenderness
Best Jam Band2020Vaporeyes – Vaporeyes
Best Other Style2020Josh Dekaney – All the Americas
Best Singer/Songwriter2020Cam Caruso – Up Above & Down Below
Best Electronica2020Ruby C. – Ruby C.
Founder’s Award2020U A D
Jack O Bocchino Spirit of the Sammys Award2020Marge Nolan
Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist2020Stephen Phillips
People’s Choice Best Artist2020Long Time Coming
People’s Choice Best Festival or Music Series2020Village of Phoenix Locktoberfest
People’s Choice Academic or Musical Organization2020Baldwinsville Marching Band
People’s Choice Best Venue2020Lock 1 Distilling Co.
Lifetime Achievement2020Garland Jeffreys
Hall of Fame2020Tim Fox
Hall of Fame2020Seth Marcel
Hall of Fame2020Judy Mareiniss
Hall of Fame2020Moss Back Mule Band
Hall of Fame Music Educator2020Casey Vanderstouw
Source: Syracuse Area Music Awards

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Check out a performance by Stroke at the first SAMMY Awards from May 7, 1993 below.

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