- The fourth night of the Samas was dubbed #ForThaCraft, celebrating the hard work that goes into creating albums and music videos.
- The evening was also used to pay tribute to artists like Johnny Clegg, Neyi Zimu and Joseph Shabalala who died in the past year.
- Winners on the night included Ami Faku and Benjamin Dube.
In case you missed it: the 2020 South African Music Awards made the move to the digital world.
For the first time, the popular award show has been divided into five episodes, scheduled to air from 3 to 7 August on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and Vodacom's My Muze at 21:30.
While the theme for this year's show is #ForTheKultcha, every episode has also been given a sub-theme, and Thursday it was all about celebrating those who do it #ForThaCraft.
Gospel star Benjamin Dube was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating his illustrious career. The award for Music Video of the Year was given to AKA, and Ami Faku took home the coveted Female Artist of the Year.
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A lot of work goes into cultivating a sound, a look, and a wave for others to follow. Your #ForThaCraft category nominees did just that. - See who wins at the #SAMA26 virtual awards on @mymuze.sa (Link in our bio) and @mzansimagic on Thursday, 6 August @ 9:30pm #ForThaKultcha
The evening was also used to pay tribute to the fallen stars of the industry.
About the penultimate episode of the show, RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi said in a statement: "We have hit the home stretch with this year's edition of the SAMA and we look back with pride for the amazing production, the worthy winners and how South Africans tuned in and streamed the ceremony."
He added: "Tonight was no different, it was a jam packed episode with lots of emotion and beauty, and we extend our congratulations to the winners for receiving the ultimate award in local music."
On Friday the fifth and final episode of the show will air. The 45-minute finale has been dubbed #ForThaClub and will celebrate dance and rock music. Viewers will also get to see who walks away with the massive Record of the Year award.
Here are all the winners from night 4:
Best Produced Album:
Scorpion Kings by MFR Souls, DJ Maphorisa, Vigro Deep & Kabza De Small
Best Live Audio Visual Recording:
Glory in His Presence by Benjamin Dube
Best Engineered Album:
Into Dust/Waltz for Jozi by Peter Auret
Best Classical Album:
Andaluza - Music of Spain III by James Grace
Female Artist of the Year:
Ami Faku for Imali
Best Produced Music Video:
Fetch Your Life by Ofentse Mwase
Music Video Of The Year:
Jika by AKA featuring Yanga Chief
Compiled by Nikita Coetzee