An­nie and Subo saluted at char­ity’s cer­e­mony

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Rus­sell Black­stock [email protected]

Singers An­nie Len­nox and Su­san Boyle were hailed at the star-stud­ded Scot­tish Mu­sic Awards last night.

The awards, dubbed the Tar­tan Clefs, are staged in aid of the Nord­off-rob­bins Mu­sic Ther­apy char­ity and other win­ners in­cluded rock­ers Snow Pa­trol and Mark Knopfler.

An­nie and Su­san were given Hall of Fame awards, while for­mer Dire Straits front­man Mark was pre­sented with the Liv­ing Le­gend Award.

In a spe­cially recorded video mes­sage, An­nie said: “I just wanted to say thank you so much for giv­ing me this very spe­cial award. I’m very, very sorry that I can’t join you tonight, but I’m there with you in spirit. I’m so proud of the work that Nord­of­frob­bins does and all I can say to you is thank you, thank you, thank you.” The Sun­day Post colum­nist Don­ald Macleod, chair­man of Nord­off-rob­bins Scot­land’s events com­mit­tee, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was thrilled to recog­nise Black­burn star Su­san Boyle who is poised for a glit­ter­ing TV come­back.

Speak­ing on the red car­pet last night, Subo re­vealed she will take on Paul Potts and 48 other acts in an Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent spin-off and will bat­tle for the ti­tle of cham­pion of Si­mon Cow­ell’s Got Tal­ent fran­chise next month.

She also an­nounced that she has a new al­bum com­ing out next year, adding: “Watch this space.” Don­ald said: “Su­san Boyle is a fan­tas­tic suc­cess story and it is great that she gives such great on­go­ing sup­port to our char­ity. Su­san’s achieve­ments on the global stage have not been recog­nised enough.” On the night, Snow Pa­trol were named artist of the year, while the Tick­et­mas­ter Tour­mas­ter Award went to co­me­dian Kevin Bridges. Snow Pa­trol front­man Gary Light­body said: “Nord­off-rob­bins is such an im­por­tant char­ity. It’s what they do for kids and peo­ple who don’t have ac­cess to mu­sic in their lives, and many other things of course. “We were very lucky grow­ing up, all of us in the band had ac­cess to mu­sic and art in our lives – even though my mum did tell me to keep it down a lot!”

The band per­formed along with Subo and hit­maker Amy Macdon­ald. In­die band Fright­ened Rab­bit won the cov­eted song­writ­ing award, spon­sored by leg­endary Glas­gow mu­sic venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

In May, the band was dev­as­tated by the death of front­man Scott Hutchi­son, 36, fol­low­ing a bat­tle with de­pres­sion.

Ge­off El­lis, chief ex­ec­u­tive of DF Con­certs, said: “King Tut’s is recog­nised as a launch­pad for many artists and as far as Scot­land goes, it’s a venue that most bands start off in. Fright­ened Rab­bit was one of them back in 2006 when they first played the venue.”

Singer An­nie Len­nox was hon­oured with a life­time achieve­ment award

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