Emeli’s success honoured with top North-east award

Emeli Sande is the first winner of the new  Aberdeenshire Arts and Business award
Emeli Sande is the first winner of the new Aberdeenshire Arts and Business award

Chart-topping Emeli Sande has been honoured for her contribution to arts and culture in Aberdeenshire.

Emeli is the first to receive the Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award, announced at the recent Arts & Business Scotland Awards in Aberdeen.

The new accolade 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-songwriter from Alford is one of the UK’s best-selling musicians, with three number one singles and an album which spent seven weeks at the top last year.

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.

Her father Joel attended the ceremony on behalf of his daughter, who is touring America. Emeli recorded a message in appreciation of her award.

It is the first year that Aberdeenshire Council has sponsored a category in the awards.