Tomorrow night’s virtual extravaganza, in association with St Enoch Centre, will be streamed on our Facebook page at 7pm.

Ongoing Covid restrictions, of course, mean that sadly we cannot hold our usual party.

However, that means EVERYONE can share in the magic of SWOTY as we announce the winner of both our main award, and the Young Scotswoman of the Year trophy.

Entertainment is being provided by a tremendous trio of performers at the top of their game – singers Melanie Masson and Marina Rolink, and poet Len Pennie.

Melanie, who shot to fame on X Factor and has since toured all over the world, performing alongside artists as diverse as Pink and the Stereophonics, said: “I’m delighted to be part of SWOTY this year.

“It’s a privilege to be part of an event which celebrates Scottish women – we are made of strong stuff.

“It’s wonderful to see women supporting women and for everyone to celebrate their abilities and achievements. Congratulations to all.”

Marina Rolink. Pic: Warner Media

Marina Rolink. Pic: Warner Media

Soulful Glasgow singer Marina, who studied songwriting at the Academy of Music and Sound, said: “Being asked to perform for this year’s SWOTY awards has been such a lovely honour.

“It’s so important to promote women and their successes, so I couldn’t have been more pleased to be a part of the event.”

Len, a student of modern languages and a poet who writes predominantly in the Scots language, has watched her posts on social media go viral this year.

Len Pennie

Len Pennie

She is passionate about the promotion of minority languages and the destigmatisation of mental illness. She was recently named poet laureate of the St Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles.

“I’m delighted to be part of SWOTY,” she said.

Tomorrow night will see two winners crowned from a spectacular shortlist.