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 Glasgow’s 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 country’s 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 year’s event forced to move online, acts from 2020’s 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, “It’s a huge honour to be nominated for the Outstanding Achievement award, and I’m 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. I’m excited to perform at the show, especially as it’s 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 I’m 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 year’s winner, but we will get to see last year’s winner of the award, Wet Wet Wet, perform in person following last year’s virtual awards ceremony.”
Nominated for the Pizza Express Best Pop Act, Bow Anderson said, “It’s a real honour to be nominated for this especially when I look at some of the people who’ve won Specsavers Scottish Music Awards early in their careers like Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Joesef and HYYTS. I’m super proud to be Scottish and to be recognised for my music by the SMA’s is amazing and I’m very grateful.”
Renowned for being one of the biggest and best events in Scotland’s music calendar, 2021’s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will see performances at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom from; Amy Macdonald, The Bluebells, Bow Anderson, Brooke Combe, The Fratellis, Nathan Evans, Nina Nesbitt and Wet Wet Wet.
This year’s 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 Tennent’s Light– Brooke Combe
King Tut’s 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