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Amy Macdonald and Bow Anderson are the latest Scottish superstars set to perform at the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, joining a thrilling line-up of live performances including The Bluebells, Brooke Combe, The Fratellis, Nathan Evans, Nina Nesbitt and Wet Wet Wet. Set to light up Glasgows city centre on Saturday 13th November, the event will take place in the Barrowland Ballroom for the first time in its 23 year history.
Biffy Clyro, KT Tunstall and Sam Fender have also been announced as nominees for awards with the full nominee list included below.
The countrys finest musical talent will join forces to fundraise for Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, and fans can join in the fun from the comfort of their own home by tuning in to a livestream of the normally industry-exclusive event. With last years event forced to move online, acts from 2020s digital stream including Amy Macdonald and Wet Wet Wet will return to the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards for a reunion like no other with the famous Glasgow audience.
Fans can tune into an exclusive livestream of the event, by signing up to watch for free at www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/smas2021/
The star-studded event aims to raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins, a charity that believes in the value of music for all people in our society. Due to the pandemic, Nordoff Robbins fundraising was decimated for 2020 and their forecast for 2021 is only 40% of their pre-covid income. Despite this huge reduction in income, their services are needed now more than ever. This year Nordoff Robbins have delivered 3693 sessions and worked with 1197 individuals across Scotland. They will continue to meet the need as and where they can - whether online or face-to-face.
Nominated for the Specsavers Outstanding Achievement Award, Amy Macdonald said, "Its a huge honour to be nominated for the Outstanding Achievement award, and Im very grateful to Nordoff Robbins and the organisers for all their support over the years. The Best Newcomer award was the first thing I ever won for my music and having the backing of people at home in Scotland has been a huge part of me being able to keep doing this for a living. Im excited to perform at the show, especially as its at the Barrowlands, the best venue in the world. As always, the money raised on the night allows the incredible Nordoff Robbins therapists to continue their work helping people to communicate through music and Im delighted to be able to do my bit for them once again."
Susanne Akil, Specsavers Scottish chair, said: "We are delighted to sponsor the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. The awards will be extra special for us as not only will we have the opportunity to crown this years winner, but we will get to see last years winner of the award, Wet Wet Wet, perform in person following last years virtual awards ceremony."
Nominated for the Pizza Express Best Pop Act, Bow Anderson said, "Its a real honour to be nominated for this especially when I look at some of the people whove won Specsavers Scottish Music Awards early in their careers like Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Joesef and HYYTS. Im super proud to be Scottish and to be recognised for my music by the SMAs is amazing and Im very grateful."
Renowned for being one of the biggest and best events in Scotlands music calendar, 2021s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will see performances at Glasgows Barrowland Ballroom from; Amy Macdonald, The Bluebells, Bow Anderson, Brooke Combe, The Fratellis, Nathan Evans, Nina Nesbitt and Wet Wet Wet.
This years award nominations are;
Specsavers Outstanding Achievement Award - Amy Macdonald
Sir Reo Stakis Legends Award – The Bluebells
Pizza Express Best Pop Act – Bow Anderson
Best Female Breakthrough sponsored by Tennents Light– Brooke Combe
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award – The Fratellis
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 UK Award sponsored by SWG3 - Sam Fender
guitarguitar Best Album – The Snuts
Raymond Weil Icon Award - Wet Wet Wet
Ticketmaster Best Live Award - Biffy Clyro
Set to open this years Specsavers Scottish Music Awards with a special live performance at one of her favourite venues, Amy Macdonald has been a longtime supporter of Nordoff Robbins and the event, performing for 2020s digital livestream and picking up her first ever music award back in 2008 for Best Newcomer. Thirteen years later, the singer-songwriter will be recognised for her Outstanding Achievements in music following the release of her fifth album Human Demands in 2020. With huge hits under her belt like The Hudson and This Is The Life, Amy Macdonalds performance at Glasgows Barrowlands will set the tone for what will be an outstanding display of Scotlands musical talent.
Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Bow Anderson is nominated for the Pizza Express Best Pop Act, with her debut single Sweater going viral in 2020 and garnering her fans including Elton John. The 24 year old will make her performance debut at the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, showcasing her distinct blend of pop and soul sensibilities.
Nominated for the Ticketmaster Best Live Award, homeland heroes Biffy Clyro released their ninth studio album The Myth of the Happily Ever After earlier this month to critical acclaim. Following epic live shows at Glasgow Green and Reading & Leeds festivals this summer, its a well deserved nomination for one of Scotlands biggest bands.
Nominated for the OVO Energy Eco Award, KT Tunstall is one of Scotlands most successful exports. From her breakout performances in 2004, the singer-songwriter has been a mainstay of the music industry, touring arenas around the world with her huge hits including Suddenly I See and Other Side of the World.
One of the biggest breakout stars of recent years, Sam Fender is nominated for the Best UK Award sponsored by SWG3. Following two sold-out shows at Glasgows Barrowlands this week and scoring his second UK Number One album for Seventeen Going Under, the Geordie singer-songwriter looks set to be one of the UKs biggest stars.
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For the past 22 years, the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards have honoured some of the countrys biggest international stars from Annie Lennox to Susan Boyle, Biffy Clyro to Snow Patrol, all whilst celebrating Scotlands best up and coming talent including breakthrough awards for the likes of kitti, Tom Walker and Lewis Capaldi, with the all-important mission to raise funds for the UKs largest independent music therapy charity.
Funds raised on the night via online donations, live auctions and ticket sales are a crucial part of the charitys ability to provide music therapists and sessions to those who need it most. 2020s winners and performers included Texas, Amy Macdonald, Wet Wet Wet, Dougie MacLean and many more, raising £89,000 to ensure the charity is able to provide vital services across Scotland.
For further information on Nordoff Robbins visit www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk
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