SAMMYS Announces Nominees for 2021 Season

Syracuse Area Music Awards, or more commonly known as the SAMMYS, announce their nominated Syracuse area musicians are for the 2021 season during their virtual press conference. The press conference took place on February 3, 2021 at 10AM on the SAMMYS Facebook page

The Syracuse Area Music Awards show celebrities local music to the Syracuse area in particular. Over time it has become a beloved staple to Syracuse and the surrounding areas.

The people’s Choice Awards is moving into its fourth round after the virtual press release. People vote on their favorite artist or band, live-stream event or series, academic or musical organization, and venue in the people’s choice award categories. It all comes down to who has the best fans who are the most passionate. The press conference announced the nominees who advanced to the top 16 in every category of the people’s choice awards. To check out the nominees and to vote in each of the categories click here.

On top of the people’s choice awards categories there is also many other categories where local musicians were nominated in. The other categories include Best Alternative Recording, Best Americana Recording, Best Blues Recording, Best Country Recording, Best Electric Recording, Best Hard Rock Recording, Best Rap/ Hip Hop Recording, Best Jam Band Recording, Best Jazz Recording, Best Other Style Recording, Best Pop Recording, Best R&B Recording, Best Rock Recording, and Best Singer-Songwriter Recording.

The actual 2021 SAMMYS will take place on March 5, 2021 and will be streamed live for free and live from SubCat Studios. The awards show will include musical performances by area artists/bands. Awards will be presented in 12 recording categories, in addition to the People’s Choice awards in four categories, Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist, Jack O Bocchino Spirit of the SAMMYS Award, and our Community Spirit Award.

The “SAMMY Spotlight Series”at Bridge Street on Newschannel 9 kicked off on January 28, 2021 with a performance from Nancy Kelly who is a multi-time winner of the SAMMYS and was inducted into the SAMMYs Hall-of-Fame in 2006. The upcoming spotlighted shows on Newschannel 9 include Chris Merkley on February 4, Sydney Irving on February 11, Bob Holz on February 18, Ghost Town Ramblers on February 25, Doyle/Whiting on March 4. All the performances will take place at 10AM and will build excitement for the upcoming SAMMYS. 

For more information on the SAMMYS visit their website.

Full List on SAMMYS 2021 Nominees:

BEST ALTERNATIVE RECORDING

Chuck Schiele with Love Letters

Major Player with Upset City

Mattydale Music Collective with No Thief, However Skillful

The Exploding Flowers with Strangers

Zach Blaszak with Homebrew

BEST AMERICANA RECORDING

Chocolate BonBon with Book of Names

Harmonic Dirt with Live At The Ridge

J. Schnitt with A Compass of Stars (the
Quarantine Singles)

Kid Roscoe with …And The Horse You Rode In On

The Dart Brothers with Strangest Wavelength

BEST BLUES RECORDING

JunioR with This’ll Hurt

Tas Cru with DRIVE ON

BEST COUNTRY RECORDING

Brandon Scott with North Country

Tink Bennett & Tailor with Made Hate The Game

Whiskey Hollow Rush with Life, Love, Whiskey

BEST ELECTRONIC RECORDING

Asael with We Believed

Empires in Orbit with Rave of the Damned

Mazedude with MazeQuest 3 Original Soundtrack

Shitnuts with Final Frontier

The Stranger with Soundtrack for a Movie Not Yet Written

BEST HARD ROCK RECORDING

Brand New Sin with Live At The Lost

Caustic Method with No Retribution

Cleansed In Embers with Misery

Junexa with Lifeless

MOTORLORD with Motorlord

BEST HIP-HOP/RAP RECORDING

Big Nate MG with The Story of MG

Christenelle Diroc with Christenelle Diroc

Def One with 04/20 Vision

MBK Richy with Throwaways

Young Dellz with Riana’s Father

BEST JAM BAND RECORDING

Ben Blujus with Believe In Music

Chiggin with THXGVNG

The Z-Bones with Sweet Misery

Vaporeyes with Cantrips

BEST JAZZ RECORDING

London McDaniel with Anatural Aphrodisiaca

Stan Colella Orchestra with Just For Fun

BEST OTHER STYLE RECORDING

Amanda Rogers with Winter Butterfly

DiCosimo/Pagán with Con Moto

Letizia with YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Lonnie Park and The Earth Band with My Earth Songs

Redeemer Church Worship with Be Enthroned

BEST POP RECORDING

Coughlin with Unlatch Diary

DESTYNEE with Love&Art

Jess Novak Band with Standing Now

Nick + Noah with Fall

Pat Tato with Good Grief

BEST R&B RECORDING

Chels with After Midnight

Jaquiel with Summer Nights in the Southward

Liam Alone with Liam Alone Live

Sean McLeod with Freedom (Sean McLeod’s “A
Soundtrack for Harriet Tubman”)

Wavy Vibez with Only One (The Ep)

BEST ROCK RECORDING

Atkins Riot with Couch Potato

Krix Wiechmann and the Pallbearers with 3 Hits From Hell

Otherworldly Entity with Cataclysm

Posted with Fantastic Invasion

The Kiwis with Still Life – EP

BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER RECORDING

Amanda Rogers with The Hallow

Colleen Kattau with Besos Kisses

Just Joe with Breakdown

Sydney Irving with Relax With Fiends

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