Tonight, Scotland’s biggest music stars came together to literally celebrate the music scene of the country while raising vital funds for the Nordoff Robbins charity for music therapy.
The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards were presented for the first time in 22 years, with performances and major wins from Lewis Capaldi, Biffy Clyro, Amy Macdonald, Dougie MacLean, Texas, Wet Wet Wet Wet, and many more.
Among the stars that gave the music industry a record-breaking year was Lewis Capaldi.
In his acceptance speech, Lewis Capaldi, who accepted the “Best UK Award,” was at his best – with the humor he is known for.
He said, “Hi everybody, it’s Lewis Capaldi!”
I would like to thank the Scottish Music Awards for giving me this year’s award for Best SSE British Artist.
“I know people haven’t released any music this year or anything, so it’s kind of an award that’s just there for the fact that it’s there, I guess, but…. I’ll take it!”
Edith Bowman of SWG3 in Glasgow presented the live online broadcast and featured a special acoustic performance by Capaldi as well as new, socially distanced performances by Amy Macdonald, Texas, Wet Wet Wet, Dougie Maclean, Luke La Volpe, HYYTS and others.
The event on Saturday raised critical funds for the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, which, because of Covid-19, expects to lose 50 percent of its sales in 2020.
Biffy Clyro, who won the Best Album award at the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards for their new album, A Celebration Of Endings, which was basically a first.
For their new A Celebration Of Endings album, Biffy Clyro won the Best Album Award and recorded a special video message.
They said in it, “Hello everyone, we hope you’re all right! Thank you so much for the Album of the Year for the Scottish Music Award, it means so much to us.”
We had no idea what 2020 would bring when we started recording this record last year, like probably everyone else, but you know what, the power of music and art feels more important this year than ever before.
“We’ll all be together again soon, I hope, we love you, we miss you guys.”
For this year’s ceremony, Texas won the Icon Award and recorded an exclusive set.
“A virtual message was sent to the audience by Sharleen Spiteri saying, “This is very, really unique, particularly after all the years we have been together as a band.
Texas’ Sharleen Spiteri, who received the Icon Award at the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, which took place for the first time in virtual terms.
“It means a lot to get that and to make others think we deserve it. We feel very, very fortunate to be relevant, still making records and being popular for so long, for over 30 years.
“Stay safe and hopefully I’ll see you all very soon in real life, at a safe distance! I will keep this and say that I am the icon!”
The Women in Music Award was won by Amy Macdonald and Young Fathers got the Songwriting Award.
Amy Macdonald is railing against “naive” governments which underestimate the music industry.
Wet Wet Wet Wet won and performed some of their greatest hits with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Luke La Volpe (male) and kitti (female) won the Best Breakthrough Awards, while HYYTS received the Best Pop Act Award, and the Special Appreciation Award went to Dougie MacLean.
DJ George Bowie was presented with the Nordoff Robbins Legend Award, while the Hacienda Classical Orchestra of Graeme Park won the Creativity Award and the Ambassadors of Rock Award was granted to Gun.
“Donald C. MacLeod, chairman of the Scottish Nordoff Robbins Fundraising Committee, said, “Nordoff Robbins was significantly impacted by Covid-19, like so many charities, and we can’t thank enough of everyone who worked together to make this event possible.
From pioneers of Scottish music such as Dougie MacLean and Wet Wet Wet, to superstars such as Lewis Capaldi and Biffy Clyro, to emerging stars such as Stephanie Cheape and Luke La Volpe, during these extraordinary times, music has been a lifeline for so many of us, and we deeply appreciate their love.
And to our audience who joined us tonight from home and gave Nordoff Robbins so generously, your continued support ensures that we can offer music therapy to those who need it most, particularly in these tough times when social isolation is facing more people than ever.
Congratulations to our winners, all of you! “