SINGING superstar Rod Stewart is among those to be honored at this year’s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards.
The 77-year-old London-born rock star, one of the world’s best-selling artists, has been recognized as the sole nominee for this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Music Award as part of the awards that celebrate Scottish music .
Last year’s winner was Amy Macdonald and in 2019 it was Simple Minds.
Paisley-born Paolo Nutini is the sole nominee for Best Guitar Album for his fourth LP Last Night in the Bittersweet.
He will also be honored for Ticketmaster’s Best Live Actor award ahead of his highly anticipated five shows at OVO Hydro later this year.
And Glasgow-born Lewis Capaldi is the only nominee for the Raymond Weil Global Artist of the Year Award after seeing Forget Me, his first comeback single from upcoming second album Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent, top the charts. in September.
All three are expected to be among those at the star-studded awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on Saturday, which will also raise vital funds for the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity.
The celebration of the country’s local heroes is also set to feature Castlemilk-raised Gerry Cinnamon, who is the lone nominee for King Tut’s Songwriting Award.
Rod Stewart has previously explained how he became a die-hard Scotland and Celtic fan as an Englishman.
The singer who has had 10 number one albums and 31 UK singles, including hits such as Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Maggie May and Sailing, was born in Highgate, North London, and raised in the British capital.
He qualifies for the award through his Scottish father, Robert, who died in 1990
Robert Stewart lived in Scotland with his English wife Elsie and their first four children were born there.
But the family moved to London, where their youngest son, Rod, was then welcomed into the world.
Rod said: “In all my life I never dreamed that I would receive an award from my father’s land. It will no doubt be an emotional evening for me, I just wish my dear old dad was there to enjoy it. Thank you very much to all.
He has previously confirmed that his own sons are also Scottish football and rugby supporters and lifelong Celtic fans.
He recently said: “Yes, for all intents and purposes I’m English. I never claimed I never said I was Scottish, so let’s get that out of the way.”
The duo Wet Leg from the Isle of Wight, after the release of their eponymous debut album bringing together twelve tracks on the twenty, are the only nominees for the award of the best British artist of SWG3.
They said: “It’s such an honor to be nominated for the SWG3 Best UK Artist Award, especially considering all the admirable work they do for Nordoff Robbins. Our music grew during lockdown as we all grappled with the new uncertainty in the world around us, so we know what it’s like to use music as a tool for healing. It’s great to be involved with an organization like Nordoff Robbins that recognizes the true power of music to help people connect and communicate.
Craig Logan, who started his career as a bassist in pop band Bros and is now the only nominee for the Go Radio Music Industry Award, said: “I am truly honored to be nominated for the Scottish Music Industry Award. It’s quite humbling to be recognized for something you do for love. My career in this industry has seen many twists and turns, helping me to evolve and understand the importance of being able to adapt. (A relevant lesson in today’s market, more than ever!) Working closely with artists, helping them grow and succeed is not a job, it’s a passion. Thanks to the artists and my team. It’s also for all of you!”
Rianne Downey, based in Glasgow, is the only nominee for the Tennent’s Breakthrough Award.
Before her performance at the awards, she said, “It’s an honor to be nominated for this award. The winners of the past, in addition to being extremely talented, have all done incredible things, so to be seen in the same light as them means the world to me, especially at the start of my career. I can’t wait to see what’s next. I look forward to an evening filled with good company and, above all, good music!”