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Emeli Sande’s musical success recognised with Arts & Business Scotland award

Emile Sande's father Joel Sande at the awards, with Councillor Isobel Davidson who presented the award.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Emeli Sande’s contribution to creativity in Aberdeenshire has been honoured with a prestigious award.


Emeli, from Alford, is the first recipient of the Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award, at this year’s Arts & Business Scotland Awards.

The new award honours an individual or organisation for achieving exceptional success in their creative field and representing the “best of Aberdeenshire”. It has been created, through the Be Part of the Picture placemaking programme, in recognition of the importance of arts and culture to the area’s economy.

The 26-year-old singer is currently one of the UK’s best-selling musicians, with three number one singles and an album which spent 7 weeks at number 1 in 2012. She is taking the rest of the world by storm and performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Emeli’s father Joel attended the Arts & Business Scotland Awards ceremony at Aberdeen’s Music Hall tonight (Wednesday 30 October), to represent his daughter who is touring America and unable to attend. He celebrated the evening with a number of Aberdeenshire Ambassadors, business partners, elected members and senior Aberdeenshire Council officials.

Emeli recorded a message to say thank you for the award, which was played at the ceremony in front of 300 guests from business, the arts and media.

In her recorded message, she said: "It’s a big honour to receive this Creative Energy Award. Thank you for all your support from the very beginning, I really appreciate it"

This is the first year that Aberdeenshire Council has sponsored a category in the Arts & Business Scotland Awards.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “Emeli Sande is very deserving of this award, the first of its kind from Aberdeenshire Council.

“She has achieved fame on an international level and her musical abilities recognised with numerous awards, because of her talents and the hard work she dedicated to honing those skills from a young age. Emeli Sande really does represent the best of Aberdeenshire.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “The Creative Energy Award is a fantastic opportunity for us to honour the people and organisations which contribute to making arts and culture such an integral element of Aberdeenshire’s economy.

“With so much creative talent and so many exceptional stories to choose from it’s difficult to highlight just one person’s work but Emeli Sande is truly deserving to be recognised as representing the best of Aberdeenshire.”

Arts & Business Scotland is an independent charity which promotes mutually beneficial relationships between business and culture across the country.

Each year the Arts & Business Scotland Awards celebrate the most outstanding and creative partnerships between the two sectors.

Other categories include: Community Award; Sustained Partnership Award; Cultural Branding Award; Sponsorship by a Small Business Award; Young People and the Arts Award and new or Returning Sponsor Award.

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