SAY Awards 2023 shortlist announced

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The 10-album shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2023 has been announced, with a top prize of £20,000 up for grabs. Nine runner’s up prizes of £1,000 will also be given out.

The awards will be hosted in Stirling this year at the Albert Halls. Tickets are available at Stirlingevents.org

The SAY Award Shortlist for 2023 features:

Andrew Wasylyk Hearing the Water before Seeing the Falls

Becky Sikasa Twelve Wooden Boxes

Bemz Nova’s Dad

Brìghde Chaimbeul Carry Them With Us

Brooke Combe Black Is the New Gold

Cloth Secret Measure

Hamish Hawk Angel Numbers

Joesef Permanent Damage

Paolo Nutini Last Night In The Bittersweet

Young Fathers Heavy Heavy

Following a fan vote, Paolo Nutini’s Last Night in the Bittersweet, was the first to be included in the shortlist, with the rest of the picks chosen by The SAY Judging Panel.

The singer has already won the Modern Scottish Classic award for his debut studio album These Streets (2006).

Paolo Nutini is in the running to win two awards at the ceremony. Image credit: Shamil Tanna

The award recognises and celebrates an outstanding Scottish album from the past.

The Sound of Young Scotland award will also be presented, helping to support emerging artists, with the winner to be given £10,000 to help create their debut album.

The Award

The SAY Award was first introduced in 2012, aiming to celebrate Scottish music, its cultural impact and contribution of Scottish albums.

Since then, over £330,000 has been awarded to Scottish artists, providing a platform to enhance their sound and in turn helping to build their audiences.

Stirling council leader, Chris Kane, spoke about the importance of the event.

“The SAY Award Shortlist being unveiled is another exciting milestone in the countdown to Stirling hosting one of the biggest evenings in Scotland’s musical calendar”.

The awards will take place at 7pm on the 26th of October at the Albert Halls in Stirling.

Featured image credit: Stirling Events

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