The shortlist for this year's Scottish Album Of The Year Award has been announced, with ten albums still competing for the £20,000 prize.
One of the shortlisted records was selected from the previously published longlist of 20 by music fans, while the other nine were put through by the SAY Award judging panel. It was Paolo Nutini's 'Last Night In The Bittersweet' that got through with public support.
Whatever happens next, Nutini will definitely be a winner on the night of the awards show, because his 2006 album 'These Streets' will be presented with this year's Modern Scottish Classic Award, voted for by this year's longlisted artists.
Five finalists for the Sound Of Young Scotland Award have also been announced. They are: Danny Cliff, Pearling, Pippa Blundell, No Windows, and Queen Of Harps.
Says the Interim CEO of SAY Award organiser the Scottish Music Industry Association, Robert Kilpatrick: "Congratulations to the ten incredible albums that have made The SAY Award shortlist, as well as to our Sound Of Young Scotland Award finalists and this year's Modern Scottish Classic Award winner – Paolo Nutini's iconic debut 'These Streets'. This is a fantastic representation of the strength and diversity of Scottish music; past, present and future".
"The SMIA is proud of its ongoing commitment to the value of music in Scotland, and The SAY Award is an essential part of that work. Thanks to our partners for their invaluable support, and we look forward to what will be an incredible night to remember at our ceremony in Stirling later this month".
And now, here is the shortlist for this year's SAY Award...
- 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