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Theres only 3 days to go until one of the biggest events of the year returns to Glasgows city centre in aid of Nordoff Robbins, and today the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards have announced the free event livestream will also include British Sign Language performance interpretations, ensuring it is more accessible to audience members with hearing impairments watching from home.
Bringing the glitz and glam of Scotlands national music awards to the Barrowland Ballroom for the first time ever, Amy Macdonald, Brooke Combe, The Fratellis, Nina Nesbitt, Wet Wet Wet and MORE will perform for the live audience, as well as for fans who can enjoy a night of celebration from home this Saturday 13th November. Broadcaster Edith Bowman will host the event, which will honour some of Scotlands biggest and best musicians, as well as spotlighting the incredible work Nordoff Robbins do across the country to provide music therapy.
Nordoff Robbins will feature two livestreams on their website from 9pm this weekend, with an option to choose a feed which will feature two BSL Performance Interpreters. Fans can tune into Saturdays livestreams by signing up to watch for free at www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/smas2021/.
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 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 Tennents Light– Brooke Combe
King Tuts 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
Raymond Weil Icon Award - Wet Wet Wet
The awards have also announced new nominations for music industry mainstay Gordon Duncan, up for the Music Industry Award sponsored by Go Radio, while Scotlands biggest and best music festival cinch presents TRNSMT Festival is nominated for the Best Event Award sponsored by Royal Highland Centre.
Returning once again to host the live awards ceremony, Edith Bowman said, "Im really excited to be back hosting the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards as an actual real life event this year. It will be an incredible feeling for all of us to be back together again, after what has been a really long and difficult year for charities like Nordoff Robbins. Its more important than ever for us to support the vital work Nordoff Robbins does across the country by providing music therapy to people who need it the most, and the event will raise much-needed funds for their work. The Scottish music scene is special for so many reasons, particularly its ability to come together and support each other in times of need, and thats exactly what weve seen over the past year. Ill see you there!"
One of the most iconic venues in the world, the Barrowland Ballroom will host the Nordoff Robbins flagship event, welcoming acts and guests from across the Scottish music industry and beyond. With the aim of raising funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, the event is vital in supporting the work the charity does across the country. In 2021, the charity delivered 3693 sessions and worked with 1197 individuals across Scotland.
This years ceremony will see titans of the Scottish industry perform, with Wet Wet Wet nominated for the Raymond Weil Icon Award and Amy Macdonald in the running for Specsavers Outstanding Achievement in Music Award. Long-time supporters of the charity, they will perform alongside the likes of Bow Anderson, Brooke Combe, The Fratellis, Nathan Evans and Nina Nesbitt, with special video performances from KT Tunstall and more.
Go Radio is the official radio partner for 2021s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards - tune into Go Radio for exclusive interviews on the Breakfast Show this week as they build up to the ceremony.
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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