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2018’s SSE Scottish Music Awards have today announced the final nominees for this year’s 20th ceremony, with The Script, Frightened Rabbit and Gary Clark all up for awards. Taking place on 1st December in Glasgow’s SEC; The Script are nominated for Best International Artist sponsored by SpecsaversFrightened Rabbit for the Song Writing Award sponsored by King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and Gary Clark is nominated for the Music Business Award,  sponsored by the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation.

These artists join a host of nominees from across the country including; Eclair Fifi (Electronic Music Award sponsored by Sub Club), Kyle Falconer (Best Album sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe), Mark Knopfler (Living Legend Award sponsored by Raymond Weil), Snow Patrol (SSE Artist of the Year sponsored by SSE), The Snuts (Breakthrough Artist sponsored by Rekorderlig Cider), Tom Grennan (Best UK Artist Award sponsored by ROX – Diamond & Thrills), with Annie Lennox and Susan Boyle also set to be honoured with the Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award, sponsored by the Royal Highland Centre.

The best of Scotland’s music industry will come together to celebrate a phenomenal year, while raising vital funds for the UK’s largest music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins. Guests will be treated to performances by some of the country’s biggest stars, showing their support for the charity as Mark Knopfler, Snow Patrol, Susan Boyle, Amy Macdonald, Tom Grennan, Kyle Falconer and The Snuts all take to the stage.

Irish trio The Script have no shortage of accolades with four UK number one albums, headline hometown stadium show at Croke Park and festival slots around the world under the belt, making it no surprise that they are nominated for Best International Artist sponsored by Specsavers at this year’s SSE Scottish Music Awards. Bringing their acclaimed pop-rock to Glasgow Green for 2018’s TRNSMT, The Script’s live shows are legendary and with over 29 million record sales to their name, the band have gone from strength to strength in their decade in the music industry.

Previous winners of the Best Live Band Award, Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit are nominated for this year’s Song Writing Award sponsored by King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

Speaking about the award nomination, Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts said: “King Tut’s is recognised as a launch pad for many artists and as far as Scotland goes, it’s a venue that most bands start off in and Frightened Rabbit was one of them back in 2006 when they first played the venue. Frightened Rabbit’s music and lyrics will always hold a special place in our hearts at DF Concerts and King Tut’s, as well as in the rest of the Scottish music community.”

Dundonian songwriter, musician and producer Gary Clark is nominated for the Music Business Award, sponsored by the Sir Reo Stakis FoundationGary Clark began his career as singer-songwriter-instrumentalist in late ’80s band Danny Wilson. He penned the band’s 1987 international hit “Mary’s Prayer”, now considered a classic, it still regularly re-enters the top 100 airplay charts in the UK.  He later moved into the areas of songwriting and production for other artists such as Natalie Imbruglia, Liz Phair, Lloyd Cole, Melanie C, Emma Bunton, Skin, Delta Goodrem, Mark Owen, The Xcerts, The Wanted and Demi Lovato. Clark has 3 BMI Awards, won Nordoff-Robbins songwriter Of The Year 2003, and has an Ivor Novello nomination for “Mary’s Prayer”.  He recently wrote the music for the film “Sing Street” and is currently writing the music for the Nanny McPhee stage musical with Emma Thomson.  He is also working on the music for an 8-episode series for Amazon Originals with John Carney.

Speaking about the awards, Andros Stakis of the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation said: “The Reo Stakis Charitable Foundation is delighted to continue to support the great work carried out by Nordoff Robbins Scotland and sponsor the Music Business Award.”


Following a historic stint at Glasgow’s legendary Old Fruitmarket, the SSE Scottish Music Awards will this year take place at the iconic SEC on Saturday 1st December. With organisers pulling some of the biggest acts from across the UK to Glasgow to celebrate a very special birthday for the biggest night in the Scottish music industry, the venue will offer fans an incredible experience with an even bigger stage in place. With a host of surprises, special guests and huge celebrations planned, there is no doubt the SEC will be the perfect venue for this year’s 20th birthday bash.


All funds raised at the SSE Scottish Music Awards will go towards the delivery of music therapy in Scotland and enable Nordoff Robbins Scotland to provide music therapists and sessions to those who need it most.

Donald MacLeod, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for Nordoff Robbins Scotland, said: “Our line-up for this year’s SSE Scottish Music Awards is now complete and it is truly our biggest and best yet. We can’t wait to welcome legends of the scene like Snow Patrol and Mark Knopfler alongside up and coming acts like Tom Grennan and The Snuts, all in support of our wonderful charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland. See you there for the biggest night in Scottish music!

The Script by Brian Anderson

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