18 Oct 2015
By Heather Greenaway
IT was a Buddy great night for Paisley boys as top awards went to TV and music legends.
Paisley boys Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat and Paolo Nutini.
YOU can take the boys out of Paisley but last night you couldn’t take Paisley out of our awards.
Two showbusiness giants, both Paisley Buddies, were hailed at the Great Scots – superstar soul boy Paolo Nutini and Doctor Who genius Steven Moffat.
Both won awards at our 25th anniversary celebration on a huge night for Paisley as they bid to become Britain’s City of Culture 2021.
Paolo, who has become a global star after a chart-topping 10-year career, picked up the Music Award before playing a stunning four-song set at our ceremony in the Hilton in Glasgow.
But he was not the only world-conquering musical Scots on the stage last night as the Bay City Rollers reunited for the first time in 40 years before their sell-out comeback dates at Christmas.
Paolo, 28, who has sold six million albums worldwide and has played to sell-out crowds across the globe, was given a huge ovation as he picked up his award from Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.
Paolo Nutini performs on stage during the awards
Last night, he said: “I’ve looked into the stories of the people who’ve been nominated and are being commended here tonight – and it’s amazing what they are doing.
“We’re here as a wee bit of a distraction that definitely plays as a sideshow to the important stuff.”
Paolo was born in Paisley and was expecting to follow his dad into the fish and chip shop business until teachers at St Andrew’s Academy recognised his talent.
After leaving school, he worked as a roadie for Speedway and gigged all over Scotland until he got his big break playing at a Clyde 1 concert in Paisley in 2003, when Fame Academy winner David Sneddon was late.
Paolo was snapped up by a manager and, aged 17, moved to London, where he started performing on the radio and as the support act for the likes of Amy Winehouse and The Rolling Stones.
He signed to Atlantic Records in May 2005 and in 2006 his debut album, These Streets, peaked at No3 in the UK charts.
Its jazzy follow-up, Sunny Side Up, went straight to No1. With demand for him at its peak, Paolo went off-radar for the best part of five years, returning in 2014 with the stunning album Caustic Love.
The star, who packed out Bellahouston Park this summer, has a host of celebrity fans including Pink, Rod Stewart and Taylor Swift.
His award was one of the highlights of the night, where stars of sport, TV, music, business and charity came together to celebrate Scotland’s people’s Oscars.