SSE Scottish Music Awards celebrate 20 years

The SSE Scottish Music Awards, held on 1 December and hosted by Sanjeev Kohli, honoured some of the biggest names in music while raising an incredible £95,000 for Nordoff Robbins’ life-changing music therapy across Scotland.

The 20th anniversary of the awards saw Annie Lennox and Susan Boyle honoured by being inducted into the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Royal Highland Centre. Mark Knopfler was presented the Living Legend Award sponsored by Raymond Weil, while Snow Patrol were named SSE Artist of the Year.

Receiving her award, Susan Boyle told guests: “I’m very humbled and pleased…I’d like to congratulate Nordoff Robbins on their anniversary. Thank you so much, I will treasure this.”

Annie Lennox said, “I’m so proud of the work that Nordoff Robbins does and all I can say to you is thank you, thank you, thank you.”

A moving moment came early on in the evening, when Nordoff Robbins Chairman David Munns took to the stage to give thanks to Donald MacLeod, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for Nordoff Robbins Scotland, for his huge commitment to the charity, and presented him the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nordoff Robbins Scotland.

The Script won Best International Artist sponsored by Specsavers, Frightened Rabbit were awarded the Song Writing Award sponsored by King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and Gary Clark received the Music Business Award sponsored by the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation. Éclair Fifi was presented the Electronic Music Award sponsored by Sub Club, Kyle Falconer won Best Album sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe, The Snuts were awarded Breakthrough Artist sponsored by Rekorderlig Cider, while Tom Grennan was named Best UK Artist Award sponsored by ROX – Diamonds & Thrills.

Guests were also treated to stand-out performances by amazing artists including Amy MacDonald, Snow Patrol, The Snuts, Tom Grennan, the Hyyts and the Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band.

Concluding the evening, Donald MacLeod, said: “We saw some incredible performances and truly can’t thank everybody enough – the work we have done here will support music therapy and those who need it across the country. Thank you once again for helping us achieve our goals.”

SSE Scottish Music Award Winners:

Susan Boyle: Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award sponsored by The Royal Highland Centre
Éclair Fifi: Electronic Music Award sponsored by Sub Club
Kyle Falconer: Best Album Award sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe
SWG3: Evolution Award sponsored by The Sunday Mail
The Snuts: Breakthrough Artist Award sponsored by Rekorderlig
Annie Lennox: Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award sponsored by The Royal Highland Centre
Snow Patrol: Artist of the Year Award sponsored by SSE
Mark Knopfler: Living Legend Award sponsored by Raymond Weil
World Pipe Band Championships: Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, Best Live Event Award
Kevin Bridges: Ticketmaster Tourmaster Award
Gary Clark: Music Business Award sponsored by The Sir Reo Stakis Foundation
Frightened Rabbit: The King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award
The Script: Best International Artist Award sponsored by Specsavers
Tom Grennan: Best UK Artist Award sponsored by ROX – Diamonds and Thrills