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Emeli Sandé, Alice Cooper Winners At SSE Scottish Music Awards

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Emeli Sandé and Alice Cooper were among the winners at the 2017 SSE Scottish Music Awards at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on Saturday, 2 December.

Emeli Sandé won the Song Writing Award sponsored by Glasgow live music venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, while veteran rocker Alice Cooper won the Best International Artist Award, sponsored by Chisholm Hunter.

In addition, a highlight of the evening was a personalised video message from The Rolling Stones, who sent a message for the Winner of the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Royal Highland Centre. This year, the event winner was Ian Stewart, The Stones’ late tour manager and pianist, who was born in Fife. Stewart’s wife and son collected the award and were both touched by the surprise video from Ian’s fellow Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

In the video, Mick Jagger said: “You know the thing about him (Stewart) was that I don’t think the Rolling Stones would ever have got going if it hadn’t been for him. He was a great player. He was a great piano player. He was a great guy that got us all together.”

Rock legend Alice Cooper also sent a video message regarding his award win for Best International Artist sponsored by Chisholm Hunter, which he was presented with when he were in Glasgow in November, for only his second show in the city since 1972.

Among the other winners were Texas, who scooped the Ticketmaster Toumaster Award; Jools Holland who won the Special Recognition Award and The Waterboys with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.

The 2017 event was The 19th annual SSE Scottish Music Awards saw the biggest and best of Scotland’s music industry come together to raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins Scotland. The awards raised £148,500 for the music therapy charity.

Donald MacLeod, chairman of Nordoff Robbins Scotland, said: “What a night! Every year, the SSE Scottish Music Awards exceeds all our expectations as we see the best of the Scottish music industry come together to support our charity and be more and more generous every year.”

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