The Hot 100 2018: Who won the year?
- Henry Northmore
- 1 November 2018
We pick out just a few of the award winners in Scotland's creative industries during 2018
This was an amazing year for Young Fathers. Not only did they release their third studio album, Cocoa Sugar, to great acclaim, they also became the first band to win the Scottish Album of the Year for a second time (after first lifting the trophy with Tape Two in 2014). The trio seem to have a profound confidence in their music, drawing together hip hop, soul, electronica and R&B and they've crafted another outstanding album with its uncompromising stance, lyrical urgency and sonic energy.
Another name with roots in the Scottish hip-hop scene, Darren McGarvey (aka Loki) took a sideways step into writing with his deeply personal Poverty Safari, an impassioned, raw examination of the realities of working-class Britain. It went on to win the prestigious Orwell Prize for political writing. 'His unflinching account of his life and the effects of deprivation and poverty is self-aware, brutally honest and more urgent than ever,' explained author Kit de Waal who was on the judging panel. 'If Orwell were alive, this is the book he would choose.'
Staying with books it seems fitting that Liam McIlvanney won the The McIlvanney Prize (named after his own father, William) for Scottish crime novel of the year for The Quaker, inspired by real-life Glasgow serial killer Bible John.
In the world of food and drink, Edinburgh Gin solidified their standing in the world of spirits at the Annual Scottish Gin Awards. They took the title for Growth Business, Innovation of the Year for Edinburgh Gin 1670 (created with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) along with Silver and Bronze Taste Medals for their Cannonball Navy Strength and Pomegranate & Rose liqueur.
Despite being based in the capital, there have been hardly any Scottish winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Award (just Arnold Brown back in 1987 and Richard Gadd in 2016). Sadly Larry Dean just missed out with his hilarious and heartfelt show Bampot, but getting a nomination was still pretty damn impressive.
And you can read about other winners across our Hot 100, including Roseanne Watt who won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, Midas Fall who picked up their first Progressive Music Award, Hannah Rarity, named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and 404 Ink who won an armful of awards in 2018.
Check out The Hot 100 2018 now.