Contestants responded positively to the call for SAMA27 entries that started in November 2020 and ended at midnight on 31st January, 2021.
Musicians from all genres, persuasions and influences have submitted their names for nominations for the popular SAMA medals.
This year’s edition has shown to be different from the previous years with the number of entries which is the highest since 1994 when the event was first held, despite the prevalent Covid-19 pandemic in the world which crumbled the entertainment.
The entries have 170 for the ‘Best Collaboration’ category which is the highest number of entries. The newly added category ‘Best Amapiano Album’ have an impressive 63 entries, with 19 entries in the ‘Best Kwaito Album’ category, and 14 entries for ‘Best Gqom Album’ category.
The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) CEO, Nhlanhla Sibisi, said: “We are greatly encouraged by this huge number of entries that came despite the challenges we faced as a nation from the Covid-19 pandemic, to economic woes and loss of income, especially in the creative sector.
“We are humbled that the industry has voted in overwhelmingly great numbers that they believe the SAMA has a place in their careers and the industry they operate in.
“This has been an incredible and successful drive. Congratulations to the team at the SAMA and best wishes to the musicians who have brought their names forward.”
The SAMA is to proceed to the vetting of entries which will be handled by a special independent committee comprising members from the industry.
“This will be followed by a judging process by independent panelists, selected by the industry committees,” he added.
List of nominees will be announced in April, 2021.