Scottish Music Awards: Paolo Nutini and Bay City Rollers win gongs

Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald, Noel Gallagher and Edinburgh’s own Bay City Rollers were among the winners at the SSE Scottish Music Awards at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket tonight (Saturday 28).

Held to raise much-needed funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, Scotland’s flagship music industry ceremony brought together some of the country’s most celebrated acts and bestowed them with numerous awards, handcrafted for the occasion by Scottish woodwork designer, Paul Hodgkiss.

Paolo Nutini was a winner at the SSE Scottish Music Awards tonight in Glasgow Photo: Wattie Cheung.
Paolo Nutini was a winner at the SSE Scottish Music Awards tonight in Glasgow.
Picture: Wattie Cheung

Winning the Best Live Act Award was Paisley-born crooner Nutini, who went down an absolute storm playing in front of 35,000 fans at Bellahouston Park this summer, as well selling out two SSE Hydro shows at the start of the year.

“It’s great to be invited along and to continue the relationship with Nordoff Robbins that we have built up over the last ten years,” said the 28-year-old. “The awards are a celebration of Scottish musicians. But more importantly, they are a catalyst for raising money to help this great charity do the fantastic work that they do.”

The Bay City Rollers picked up the Living Legends Award, before closing the show with a typically tartan-clad performance of their 70s hits Shang-A-Lang, Saturday Night and Bye Bye Baby, which had the whole room on their feet.

Amy Macdonald arrives on the red carpet. Picture © Andy Buchanan 2015
Amy Macdonald on the red carpet. Picture: Andy Buchanan

“This award means so much to me personally, as it’s from the homeland,” said a delighted Les McKeown. “It’s truly amazing to see all this love for the Rollers again. I’d like to thank everyone at SSE Scottish Music Awards for honouring the Rollers in such an incredible way after all these years.

“This award is bigger than the Oscars, because the Nordoff Robbins charity helps change peoples lives… that’s special. Rollermania is back.”

In his 50th year in the music business, legendary folk singer-songwriter Donovan received a Scottish Music Hall of Fame honour, while the Tourmaster Award went to Noel Gallagher, whose High Flying Birds are heading to the SSE Hydro next April.

Gallagher was not in attendance, but sent his thanks by video link, saying, “If you’re coming to the Hydro next year, I’ll see you there. Thank you very much.”

Bishopbriggs-raised singer Amy Macdonald picked up this year’s Songwriting Award, while young Dundee band Model Aeroplanes won the Best Emerging Artist Award.

Also honoured was Glasgow-born singer and actress Clare Grogan, who took home the People Make Glasgow Special Recognition Award and performed with the latest incarnation of her band, Altered Images, in a new all-girl line up.

For more info on Scotland’s only music therapy charity visit: http://nrscot.org.uk/ or to make a donation please visit http://www.justgiving.com/nrmt or call 01506 239578.

Best Live Act

Paolo Nutini

People Makes Glasgow Special Recognition Award

Clare Grogan

Music Business Award

Murray Chalmers

Contribution to Traditional Music

Rab Noakes

Best Breakthrough Act

White

Best Emerging Act

Model Aeroplanes

Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award

Donovan

Living Legends Award

Bay City Rollers

Songwriting Award

Amy Macdonald

Tourmaster Award

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

UK Artist of the Year

Foxes

Big Apple Award

Chloe Latimer (Kloe)