After almost two years without a live event, the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards returned with a bang for a night of resounding celebration and support for Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity.
Acts including Wet Wet Wet, Amy Macdonald, Nina Nesbitt, Biffy Clyro, The Snuts, KT Tunstall and all took home awards.
Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom was filled with the most outstanding talent Scotland has to offer, and the crowd enjoyed incredible performances from breakthrough artists Brooke Combe and Bow Anderson.
They also enjoyed a singalong to The Fratellis and postman turned viral singer Nathan Evan’s epic performance.
Amy Macdonald opened the night with classic hits while Wet Wet Wet closed the show in outstanding fashion, treating the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards crowd to non-stop fan favourites.
The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards have been the main fundraising event for Nordoff Robbins in Scotland for over 20 years, and the funds raised on the night via donations and auctions are vital in helping the charity to provide music therapy across the UK.
Whether it’s training the music therapists of the future, delivering music therapy sessions to those who need it most or undertaking groundbreaking research into the impact of music therapy, Nordoff Robbins’ believes in the value of music for all people in our society.
The audience in the venue, and at home, learned just how vitally important Nordoff Robbins is for people like 4-year-old Josh who was born with a complex heart condition.
Josh is supported by CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) and receives weekly music therapy sessions via Zoom, as part of the partnership between CHAS and Nordoff Robbins.
The weekly sessions with his music therapist have brought Josh to life, growing his confidence and allowing him to express his creativity.
The show in the iconic Ballroom was streamed directly to viewers’ homes via a free online livestream.
Striving to make the event more inclusive, fans had the option of two livestreams; one which included two British Sign Language Performance interpreters ensuring audience members with hearing aids could enjoy the show from home.
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Signing speeches from winning artists as well as every single musical performance, the BSL performance interpretations were a truly welcome addition in the award’s 23rd year.
Hosted by the one and only Edith Bowman, the atmosphere was electric as Scotland’s music industry reunited once more following an extremely difficult few years for live events industry.
Tonight’s event really was one for the history books, as Edith Bowman said: “I am thrilled to be here with you again tonight and I can tell you we have a fantastic show ahead of us from one of the spiritual homes of music in Scotland, the Glasgow Barrowland!”
After opening the show, Amy Macdonald took home the Specsavers Outstanding Achievement in Music Award.
Rising star Bow Anderson took home Best Pop Act sponsored by Pizza Express and it’s no doubt that the Edinburgh singer is set for stardom with the likes of iconic artists Elton John and Cyndi Lauper already claiming to be huge fans.
Gordon Duncan picked up the Music Industry Award sponsored by Go Radio.
Nina Nesbitt bagged yet another win for the girls winning the ROX Jewellery Women in Music Award.
Nina has grown from strength to strength since winning the ‘Evolution’ Award in 2017 and performed some of her biggest tunes.
After a huge return for live events this year, it was no surprise that Cinch presents TRNSMT Festival collected the Best Event Award sponsored by Royal Highland Centre.
Rising star Nathan Evans was awarded Best Male Breakthrough Award sponsored by Dirt Comms & KHOLE.
Specsavers Scottish Music Awards also honoured hometown heroes with Biffy Clyro picking up Ticketmaster’s Best Live Award.
Following their festival stint this year and unmissable live show at Glasgow Green this summer it’s a well deserved win for one of Scotland’s biggest bands.
One of the country’s most talked-about rising stars, Brooke Combe picked up Best Female Breakthrough Award sponsored by Tennent’s Light. The 21 year old singer- songwriter is one to watch, having already worked with Miles Kane and and sold out King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut’s first show back post-lockdown.
After a huge year of selling out venues across the country on their headline tour, The Snuts bagged guitarguitar’s Best Album Award.
Releasing their debut album ‘W.L.’ earlier this year, the West Lothian boys are sure to be following in the footsteps of fellow Specsavers Scottish Music Awards winner and friend, Lewis Capaldi.
A night dedicated to celebrating the past, present and future of Scottish music, the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards honoured one of the country’s best indie bands, The Bluebells as they were awarded the Legend Award sponsored by Sir Reo Stakis Foundation.
Following in their footsteps, The Fratellis won the King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award before taking to the stage for a raucous performance.
The introduction of the new Eco Award sponsored by OVO Energy went to KT Tunstall, one of Scotland’s most successful exports who sent a personalised video message. Next up, Glasgow’s favourite Geordie, Sam Fender picked up the SWG3 Best UK Act Award after headlining the Main Stage at cinch presents TRNSMT earlier this year and selling out two consecutive nights at the Barrowlands last month.
The final performance of the night came from the one and only Wet Wet Wet. Having taken part in 2020’s virtual stream, the band returned to support Nordoff Robbins once again, and had the entire venue on their feet for a reunion like no other.
Collecting the Icon Award sponsored by Raymond Weil, Wet Wet Wet treated fans to a spectacular performance, making it a night to remember at the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards.
The band have a long history of supporting Nordoff Robbins music therapy work, having won their very first Silver Clef award in London back in 1988 when they were new on the scene. They’ve gone on to support the charity via fundraising shows, albums and videos and have even visited Nordoff Robbins centres across the country.
It was an emotional night as some of Scotland’s best-loved musicians returned to the live scene, in one of the country’s most special venues.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Specsavers Outstanding Achievement in Music Award – Amy Macdonald
Ticketmaster Best Live Award – Biffy Clyro
Sir Reo Stakis Legends Award – The Bluebells
Pizza Express Best Pop Act – Bow Anderson
Best Female Breakthrough sponsored by Tennent’s Light– Brooke Combe
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award – The Fratellis
Music Industry Award sponsored by Go Radio – Gordon Duncan
OVO Energy Eco Award – KT Tunstall
Best Male Breakthrough sponsored by Dirt Comms and KHOLE – Nathan Evans
Women in Music Award sponsored by ROX – Diamonds & Thrills – Nina Nesbitt
Best Event Award sponsored by Royal Highland Centre – cinch presents TRNSMT Festival
Best UK Award sponsored by SWG3 – Sam Fender
guitarguitar Best Album – The Snuts
Icon Award sponsored by Raymond Weil – Wet Wet Wet
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