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Lewis Capaldi and Biffy Clyro win big at virtual Scottish Music Awards


Scotland’s biggest stars came together tonight to celebrate the country’s music scene.

For the first time in 22 years, the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards went virtual, hosting performances and big wins from the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Biffy Clyro, Amy Macdonald, Dougie MacLean, Texas and Wet Wet Wet.

Hosted live by Edith Bowman from Glasgow’s SWG3, the online broadcast saw the country’s top musicians join forces to raise vital funds for charity Nordoff Robbins.

Exclusive footage from Biffy Clyro was featured, as well as a special at-home acoustic performance from Lewis Capaldi, plus new, socially distanced performances from Amy Macdonald, Texas, Wet Wet Wet, Dougie Maclean, Luke La Volpe, HYYTS and more.

Opening the awards for 2020 was one of Scotland’s most successful musical exports.



Amy Macdonald wins the Women in Music Award sponsored by ROX

Amy Macdonald lit up the screen as she performed The Hudson and Fire from her just-released album The Human Demands.

She finished off with her huge hit This Is The Life before taking home the first award of the night, the Women in Music Award sponsored by ROX.

The event has a long history of supporting the country’s best breakthrough talent, with everyone from Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Be Charlotte and Joesef collecting awards since 2017.

2020 was no different, with the incredible Luke La Volpe and kitti picking up the Best Breakthrough Awards (Male and Female) sponsored by Notion Magazine.

Next it was time for the Nordoff Robbins Legend Award sponsored by Coors Light, with GBX legend and one of the most loved DJs in Scotland, George Bowie.

George  and partner Marc Anderson had a Number 2 hit in Scotland earlier this year with guest singer Stephanie Cheape joining them for a rendition of David Bowie’s Heroes, raising money for NHS staff and frontline workers.

Ensuring the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards virtual ceremony ended with a bang, the DJ returned for the ultimate Saturday night set to close the show.

The musical icons just kept coming as Texas recorded an exclusive set for this year’s ceremony, with a mesmerising performance of the band’s classic hits Thrill Has Gone and Inner Smile.

The Scots rockers picked up the prestigious Icon Award, sponsored by Raymond Weil, and Sharleen Spiteri sent a virtual message to the audience, saying: “Icon Award for Texas, thank you very, very much! I hope you’re all well and looking after yourselves.



Sharleen Spiteri thanked award organisers

“This really is something very, very special, especially after the amount of years as a band that we’ve been together.

“To be given this and for everybody to think that we deserve it, it means a lot. To be relevant, still making records and be successful this far down the line, for over 30 years, we feel very very lucky.

“Stay safe and hopefully I will see you all very soon in real life, at a safe distance! I’m going to keep this and say I’m the iconic one!”

Alt-pop duo HYYTS brought their carefully crafted sound to an empty SWG3 before deservedly winning the Best Pop Award sponsored by Bose, paving the way for an exciting 2021 for the up and coming band.

With Adam from HYYTS having worked as a music therapist when the band started, the Glasgow act feel a strong connection with Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work. 



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Luke La Volpe and kitti win the Best Breakthrough Awards (Male and Female) sponsored by Notion Magazine

Ambassadors of Rock sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow was taken home by Glasgow band Gun who also performed fan-favourites in SWG3.

For one of the most special moments in the stream, airing just two days before St.Andrew’s Day, it was time for one of Scotland’s biggest stars to join the virtual party as Dougie MacLean took to the stage.

Having hosted his own livestream concerts for the past eight months from his old village school in Perthshire, Dougie is no stranger to the virtual stage and entertained the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards.



Dougie is no stranger to the virtual stage

The Innovation Award sponsored by SSE went to Graeme Park’s Hacienda Classical Orchestra, who provided the perfect lockdown Saturday night entertainment. The groundbreaking Aberdonian DJ treated audiences to two special Hacienda Classical performances.

A highlight of the night included a special video message from none other than rock superstars Biffy Clyro, as the audience were captivated by exclusive, unseen footage from their very special 2020 performance at Glasgow’s Barrowlands Ballroom.

The trio won the Best Album Award sponsored by Guitar Guitar for their critically acclaimed latest record ‘A Celebration of Endings’.



No Scots awards show would be complete without Biffy Clyro

Accepting their Scottish Music Award, Biffy Clyro said: “Hello everybody, we hope you’re well! Thank you so much for the Scottish Music Award Album of the Year, it means a lot to us. When we started recording this record last year, I guess like everyone else, we had no idea what 2020 held in store, but you know what, the power of music and art feels more important than ever this year.

“We’ll all be back together soon I hope, we love you guys, we miss you guys. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive, and mon the f****** Biff!”

Mercury Prize and Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Young Fathers were up next, winning the coveted King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award.

Graham Hastings from the award-winning band said: “Thank you for this award – me and the guys are really happy to receive it. Big thank you to King Tut’s and big thank you especially to Nordoff Robbins for providing such a vital service to people at times like these. I think it’s important that we remember to support these charities. Music therapy can really help people so if you can text to donate please do. Thank you from Young Fathers, good night!”

One of the most highly anticipated performances of the night came from the self-proclaimed Scottish Beyoncé himself as Lewis Capaldi delighted viewers of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards with a special intimate performance from his own home.

Playing an acoustic rendition of two of his biggest tracks Before You Go and Someone You Loved, the West Lothian superstar has a long history with the awards ceremony, having won the Best Breakthrough Artist Award back in 2017 and taking home the Songwriting Award at last year’s ceremony. Continuing his winning streak, Lewis won 2020’s Best UK Award sponsored by SSE.

When it came to the final performance of the night, it could only be one band.



Wet Wet Wet were honoured

Wet Wet Wet have sold 15 million singles and albums to date, with their albums certified 20 x Platinum in the UK alone. The iconic Scottish band have a historic relationship with Nordoff Robbins, having received the‘New Music Award at the charity’s Silver Clef Awards back in 1988.

From donating proceeds of over £200,000 from a 1992 one off concert to Nordoff Robbins, to performing at the Scottish Music Awards over 13 years ago in 2007, Wet Wet Wet have supported the charity’s music therapy work for over 30 years and it was only right that tonight, they collected the final award of the night:  Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Specsavers.

The band, who were performing together for the first time since February, gave the audience a rousing performance of some of their biggest hits.

The event has been the main fundraiser event for Nordoff Robbins in Scotland for the past 20 years.

With the charity expected to lose 50 per cent of its income in 2020 due to COVID-19, tonight’s ceremony was more important than ever.

Viewers heard from Janet McLachlan, a Nordoff Robbins music therapist working with children supported by CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) including Thomas, who is seven years old and has a spinal cord injury which means he is paralysed from the neck down.

During the pandemic, Thomas has been stuck in his hospital room with only his nurses and mum visiting, so Janet’s Zoom music therapy sessions have become incredibly important.



Hyyts have a strong connection to the charity

The audience learned how vital the organisation’s work is, seeing just how music therapy sessions can benefit children like Thomas in Scotland.

Watch his story  here.

Janet said: “Through music therapy I’m able to reach in and connect with Thomas, find the joy in his life and he can flourish. Even down the Zoom line, music has the power to reach a child who is so isolated and it can be the only thing that connects in their week and in their life.”

Donald C MacLeod MBE, Chairman of the NR Fundraising Committee Scotland said: “What an incredible night! We are delighted we were still able to host one of Nordoff Robbins most important fundraisers during this difficult time.

“Our annual night of music and cultural celebration brought people from all over the country together virtually, to celebrate some of Scotland’s biggest and best stars whilst raising vital funds for our music therapy work at Nordoff Robbins. “



Edith Bowman presented the event

Like so many charities, Nordoff Robbins have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and we truly can’t thank everybody who came together to make this event happen enough.

From Scottish music legends like Dougie MacLean and Wet Wet Wet, superstars like Lewis Capaldi and Biffy Clyro, and not to mention rising stars like Stephanie Cheape and Luke La Volpe, music has been a lifeline for so many of us during these unprecedented times and their support is so appreciated.

“And to our audience who joined in from their own homes tonight and so generously donated to Nordoff Robbins, your ongoing support ensures we can provide music therapy to those who need it most, particularly in these trying times when more people than ever are facing social isolation.

“Congratulations to all our winners!”

Specsavers returned as headline sponsor for the second year in a row and Susanne Akil, Chair of firm in Scotland, said: “Specsavers was delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Scottish Music Awards once again and present the award for Outstanding Contribution in Music to Wet Wet Wet.

“This year has been especially challenging for live events and we would like to commend the organisers for the fantastic work in creating a superb digital format, ensuring fundraising efforts for music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, could continue during the pandemic.”

Stay tuned for the chance to watch the epic broadcast once again – subscribe to  Nordoff Robbins’  YouTube  here.

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