Everything you need to know about the 20th SSE Scottish Music Awards

Snow Patrol

The SSE Scottish Music Awards are set to be one of the biggest nights in Scotland’s music scene, taking over Glasgow’s SEC on Saturday 1st December to celebrate the outstanding musical offering in Scotland. Global superstars Snow Patrol, Susan Boyle, Mark Knopfler and Amy Macdonald are all set to perform, taking to the stage alongside the newly announced HYYTS, plus Tom Grennan, Kyle Falconer and The Snuts.

After 20 years celebrating the best new artists in the country, the SSE Scottish Music Awards is a milestone every Scottish artist hopes to achieve. Glasgow duo HYYTS will take to the famous stage in the SEC on Saturday night, as they celebrate their mentor Gary Clark, who is nominated for the Music Business Award, sponsored by the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation. Writing and producing alongside HYYTS, Gary and the band have a close relationship evident in their edgy electronica merged with their unique, progressive pop. With their second infectious single ‘DWY’ out just last week and already cementing a place on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, HYYTS look set to be one to watch for the Scottish music industry.

A true debutante at this year’s awards, singer-songwriter Tom Grennan will perform on the night, as well as being nominated for Best UK Artist sponsored by ROX – Diamond & Thrills. Storming onto the scene with hit singles ‘Royal Highness’ and ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’, Tom has achieved mainstay airplay on BBC Radio 1, a headline slot on the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy at Glasgow’s TRNSMT, plus a Top 5 slot for his debut album Lighting Matches on its release.

West Lothian up and comers The Snuts will make their awards debut on Saturday, as they are nominated for Best Breakthrough Artist sponsored by Rekorderlig Cider. With their latest Scottish tour selling out venues like SWG3 and St. Luke’s, the four piece will deliver a set to remember at this year’s SSE Scottish Music Awards.

Amy Macdonald is no stranger to the SSE Scottish Music Awards, having previously won Best Newcomer in 2007 and, being a big supporter of Nordoff Robbins Scotland will be a truly welcome addition to the evening’s festivities. 13 million record sales down the line, Amy released Woman Of The World – The Best of 2007 to 2018, a collection which celebrates her outstanding time in the industry. Her performance on Saturday at this year’s 20th awards will be a fitting tribute to both Amy, and the charity she so strongly supports.

Previous winner of two SSE Scottish Music Awards, one of Scotland’s favourite sons, Kyle Falconer is nominated for this year’s Best Album sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe and will perform what will be a rousing set on the night. In a year that has seen Kyle release his debut solo album No Thank You and embark on a solo tour, it is only right that he is welcomed back to Glasgow with a bang.

Welcoming acts like Travis, The Waterboys, Paolo Nutini and Biffy Clyro over the years, this year’s SSE Scottish Music Awards looks set to be one of the biggest yet, with Mark Knopfler, Snow Patrol and Susan Boyle all performing on the night.

Mark Knopfler is coming home

One of Scotland’s greatest exports, Mark Knopfler has sold over 200 million records worldwide and influenced countless generations of artists to come, making it no surprise that he is nominated for the Living Legend Award sponsored by Raymond Weil. As co-founder, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the legendary Dire Straits, his set will be one of the highlights of the night.

Formed in Dundee and subsequently becoming one of the country’s favourite bands, Snow Patrol will return to Glasgow ahead of their performance at the SSE Scottish Music Awards, where they are nominated for SSE Artist of the Year, sponsored by SSE. Embedded in the fabric of the Scottish music industry, Snow Patrol are no strangers to accolades and will receive a warm welcome home at the SEC on Saturday evening.

Singing sensation Susan Boyle will also take to the stage, bringing with her two Grammy nominations, 3 Guinness World Records, No.1 albums in 40 plus countries, 128 platinum and gold album certifications. As well as her performance, Susan will be inducted into the SSE Scottish Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Royal Highland Centre.

Following a historic stint at the 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.


Electronic Music Award sponsored by Sub Club – Eclair Fifi

Best Album sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe – Kyle Falconer

Living Legend Award sponsored by Raymond Weil – Mark Knopfler

SSE Artist of the Year sponsored by SSE – Snow Patrol

Breakthrough Artist sponsored by Rekorderlig Cider – The Snuts

Best UK Artist Award sponsored by ROX – Diamond & Thrills – Tom Grennan

Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award sponsored by the Royal Highland Centre – Annie Lennox, Susan Boyle

Best International Artist sponsored by Specsavers – The Script

Song Writing Award sponsored by King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Frightened Rabbit

Music Business Award sponsored by the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation – Gary Clark

For tickets to the 20th SSE Scottish Music Awards please contact: simon.foy@nordoff-robbins.org.uk or visit here.