Scottish Music Awards return for an incredible 21st year

The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards announce Liam Gallagher, Simple Minds, Tom Walker, Josef, Auntie Flo, Lewis Capaldi, Twin Atlantic and Be Charlotte as nominees for this year’s Awards.

We are delighted to announce today that The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will return for 2019. Now in its 21st year, the prestigious award ceremony will once again raise vital funds for our charity, and and honour the very best in Scottish music, across one star-studded, unmissable night.

2019’s Nominees:

Following a huge show at The SSE Hydro on Friday night Liam Gallagher, plus Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band, Tide Lines, Cuban Brothers and Jake Duncan are the final nominees revealed by Nordoff Robbins ahead of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards 2019 next weekend.

We are also delighted to reveal Red Hot Chilli Pipers will perform with nominee Tom Walker at the awards following the huge success of their collaboration on ‘Leave The Light On’. Fat Cops will also open proceedings, performing alongside the already announced Simple Minds, Twin Atlantic, Be Charlotte and Joesef.

Liam Gallagher is nominated for the ‘Best UK Artist Award’ Sponsored by Raymond Weil, Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band are nominated for the ‘Living Legend Award’ Sponsored by Sir Reo Stakis Foundation, Tide Lines are nominated for the ‘Rising Sound of Scotland Award’ Sponsored by Gael Signature Scottish Gin, Cuban Brothers ‘Best International’ Sponsored by Rox and finally Jake Duncan is nominated for ‘Music Business Award’ Sponsored by the Sunday Mail.

Liam Gallagher

With two #1 solo albums in less than two years, Liam Gallagher’s star quality remains undeniable with a total of 10 chart-topping albums in a career that spans 25 years. Nordoff Robbins are delighted to reveal Liam Gallagher as a nominee of this year’s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards.

Liam Gallagher said: “I love Scotland – it’s a beautiful country and they are beautiful people. They’ve always made me feel super welcome from day one, back in Oasis days and right through to today. It’s an honour to be nominated for Best UK Artist. If I don’t win, I still love you”.

Tom Walker

BRIT Award winner Tom Walker will perform at this year’s awards, nominated for the Barrowlands Best Album Award.

Tom Walker said, “I’ve just heard the absolutely sick news that I’ve been nominated for the Barrowland Best Album at the Scottish Music Awards. I won UK Breakthrough before I even had an album out, which was the first award I ever got for my music. It was a huge honour and a real boost for me to have that support, so to be coming back again and nominated for this is just amazing. You can help Nordoff Robbins right now by downloading the version of Leave A Light On I did with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers – all the money from that helps them to keep doing their life-changing work. Thank you Scotland!”

Simple Minds

Formed in Glasgow in 1977, Simple Minds have sold more than 70 million records over the last four decades. With six UK Number One albums to their name, the band have one of the most iconic back catalogues in music history, ranging from electronica infused post-punk to strident, stadium-filling anthems. Over their 40-year career, the band have been responsible for some of the most innovate and enduring anthems in rock music including ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive and Kicking’ and ‘Belfast Child’.  Having collaborated with artists from Bono to David Bowie to Iggy Pop, Simple Minds are, quite simply, one of Scotland’s biggest exports to the international music scene. Nominated for the Specsavers Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, Simple Minds will also perform at the awards ceremony at the intimate Old Fruitmarket.


Always supporting the nation’s most exciting emerging artists, previous Scottish Music Awards have seen the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Nina Nesbitt scoop awards. Looking to follow in their footsteps, rising star Joesef has been nominated for Coors’ Best Breakthrough Artist.

Joesef said, “Cheers to Nordoff Robbins for thinking of me as a nominee for the Best Breakthrough award. I still don’t feel like I’ve even kicked a ball yet so this is pretty special.”

Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic return with aplomb on new album ‘POWER’ – their scorching, charged-up fourth LP and their first release on Virgin EMI – out January 24th 2020. The record’s first taste arrives in the shape of the addictive ‘Novocaine’ – a racing, adrenalised synth-rock anthem.

Speaking about the Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow Best Rock Band nomination, Twin Atlantic frontman Sam McTrusty said: “There’s an element of truth in the nomination, so it feels pretty good to be nominated. I’d put us up there with the best doing it right now in the country. It feels nice to be recognised.”

Lewis Capaldi

Nomianted for King Tut’s Songwriting Award, Lewis Capaldi said:

“Thank you all so much for the nomination! All I ever thought about growing up was to sell-out King Tut’s so to be nominated for the Songwriter Award this year is unreal! The first ever award I got given was the Breakthrough at the 2017 Scottish Music Awards, and I’m a big fan of the work that Nordoff Robbins does, so it’s a real honour to be nominated again! X

Auntie Flo

Nominated for the Electronic Music Award, Brian d’Souza of Auntie Flo said: “This year has been a monumental one for me for many reasons and being nominated is the icing on the cake. The Sub Club has been one of my biggest inspirations, right since I was a teenager. Playing there is a big honour every time, so to be nominated by them is extra special to me.”

Be Charlotte

Nominated for the Evolution Award, Be Charlotte said: “It’s an honour to be asked to perform at this event and be nominated for the Evolution Award. It’s been an incredible year for music from Scotland and it is so exciting to have the opportunity to celebrate that success with everyone. Nordoff Robins is a charity that has been close to my heart for a number of years. When I was in 3rd year at school I researched and wrote a project about all the amazing work they do and since then it has always inspired me.

Julie Whelan, Nordoff Robbins Chief Executive, said:

“Each year we are fortunate enough to celebrate some of the most influential names in Scottish music, all while raising crucial funds to help our charity enrich the lives of people living with life-limiting illness, disability or isolation. We are so proud of our Scottish presence as a charity, and this event gives us an opportunity to celebrate our work both in local communities in Scotland, and those right across the UK”

Jill McArthur, Chair of Specsavers in Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to support this year’s 2019 Specsavers Scottish Music Awards.

The work of Nordoff Robbins and The Scottish Music Awards is a true inspiration to the people of Scotland which is why Specsavers has returned as headline sponsor of the event for this year.

We look forward to working with both the event organisers and charity to ensure the 2019 awards are the most successful to-date and we wish all artists the best of luck on the evening.”

Please note that all tickets for 2019 are now *SOLD OUT*

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