Sir Elton John dedicates Scottish Music Awards win to Edinburgh-born guitarist

source : www.dailyrecord.co.uk

Sir Elton John took home the top prize last night as a host of stars lined up for the Scottish Music Awards.

The music legend, who finished touring this year, was honored with the Specsavers Global Artist Award, which was accepted on his behalf by longtime guitarist and friend Davey Johnstone.

Edinburgh-born Davey himself subsequently received the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award.

Although Sir Elton was not there, he delivered a video message dedicated to his Scottish friend, in which he said: “Davey Johnstone…you are certainly the best guitarist, I think, that has ever come out of Scotland, and that means a lot .

“I had the best time playing with you…you’re an amazing musician and you’ve been with me for so long. You have always inspired me with your genius.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than you and I love you dearly.”

Now in its 25th year, the awards, sponsored by Specsavers, celebrate the best music from Scotland and beyond and were presented by Scottish broadcaster Edith Bowman.

The rock ‘n’ roll ceremony in aid of Nordoff Robbins – Britain’s largest music therapy charity – saw stars walk the red carpet to Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom for the ceremony.

Davey Johnstone said: “Forget the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The Barrowland is where it is located. Usually I only come here when there is a concert, so it’s nice to come back. It’s a real family affair. I especially miss the people here, and of course the architecture and culture, but especially the people.”

Rick Astley, who to everyone’s surprise turned up to present Davey with his award, added: “Davey is such a great friend and we met through our wife’s. He is a true icon and deserves this award. It’s also great to be back in Scotland as I’ve been here many times over the years.”

source : www.dailyrecord.co.uk

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