TRNSMT Festival and Edinburgh Summer Sessions acts were tonight recognised at one of music’s biggest events with Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender, AJ TraceyDermot Kennedy and Michael Kiwanuka all nominated at the 2020 BRIT Awards. Big wins of the star-studded night included hometown hero Lewis Capaldi being presented with his BRIT Award from 2020’s Edinburgh Summer Sessions headliner Tom Jones, in front of 20,000 people at London’s O2 Arena. 

TRNSMT 2020 headliner and all-round Scottish superstar Lewis Capaldi topped off an incredible 12 months by taking home his first ever BRIT Awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Nominated for an incredible FOUR BRIT Awards, the most any Scottish artist has received since Emeli Sandé in 2013, Lewis saw off competition from the likes of Calvin Harris, Stormzy, Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran and Sam Fender. 

And if that wasn’t enough, the TRNSMT headliner stole the show with a deeply moving performance of his hit single ‘Someone You Loved’, the song that topped the UK Singles Chart for seven consecutive weeks last year and went on to top the US Billboard Hot 100 at the end of 2019.

Taking to the stage to collect the coveted Song of the Year award from Tom Jones, with none other than a bottle of Buckfast in hand, the TRNSMT headliner thanked his family and said, “This has been the best year of my life.” As two of this year’s biggest festival headliners in Scotland met on stage, the Scotsman and Welshman proved Scotland’s festival season has something for everyone in 2020.

Last night’s ceremony was the culmination of a massive 12 months for the Scottish singer-songwriter who has become a global phenomenon. The BRIT Award Winner sold out his arena tour before the release of his debut album, meaning his headline slot at TRNSMT Festival on Sunday 12th July will be the next chance for fans to catch him in his homeland. Lewis Capaldi’s 2019 TRNSMT slot went down in festival history as he took to the stage in his now infamous Chewbacca mask, uniting the huge hometown crowd in singalongs to his hits like ‘Grace’, ‘Bruises’ and of course, ‘Someone You Loved’. With Sunday day tickets already sold out, fans can still make sure they see Lewis Capaldi by snapping up remaining 2 and 3 day tickets at WWW.TRNSMTFEST.COM.

Speaking about his upcoming TRNSMT performance Lewis Capaldi said, “Yaaaaaas! I’ve been lucky enough to play TRNSMT every year since its inception and to be a headliner is absolutely wild. Things are about to get chubby and sexy, fast. See you up the road! X”

Taking their friendly rivalry up a notch, TRNSMT acts Lewis Capaldi and Sam Fender went head to head in the Best New Artist category, joined by fellow 2020 TRNSMT performer Aitch. Lewis Capaldi took home the award on the night but the artists will meet again when Sam Fender and Aitch play the Glasgow festival’s opening day on Friday 10th July.

Winners of Best Group indie-rock behemoths Foals will take to the Glasgow Green stage on Saturday 11th July alongside Liam Gallagher, Keane, AJ Tracey and more. The group were up against acts like Coldplay, Bastille and Bring Me The Horizon and even thanked frontman Yannis Philippakis’ dad for lending them a Royal Mail van to tour the country in back in their early days!

One of the standout moments of the night came from 2019 TRNSMT alumni Stormzy’s epic performance – up against Lewis Capaldi for ‘Best Male Solo Artist’, Stormzy took the award home on the night.

Newly announced and returning to TRNSMT for his second year, AJ Tracey was nominated for Song of the Year for one of the defining anthems of the past year ‘Ladbroke Grove’, while Dermot Kennedy was nominated for International Male Solo Artist.

Ahead of taking to the stage in Princes Street Gardens for Edinburgh Summer Sessions this summer, Michael Kiwanuka was nominated for Best Male Solo and Best Album for the critically acclaimed ‘KIWANUKA’. Having established himself as one of the country’s most gifted and unpredictable artists, it is no surprise that the next year looks set to be huge for the London singer-songwriter.

All round superstar and fellow Edinburgh Summer Sessions act Tom Jones also presented an award on the night – catch Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Jones in the truly unique setting of Edinburgh Summer Sessions on 11th AugustWWW.SMMRSESSIONS.COM

With a plethora of artists performing across Scotland this year recognised across the night, the BRIT Awards once again showcased the incredible credentials of the festival artists set to play Scotland later this summer. From homegrown heroes like Lewis Capaldi, to soulful singers like Dermot Kennedy and Michael Kiwanuka, TRNSMT and Edinburgh Summer Sessions are the festivals to see huge headline performances and discover your new favourite acts this summer.