The British Record Industry Awards 1983

The third ceremony took place at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 8th February 1983, where it was presented by Tim Rice.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1982 ceremony here, and the 1984 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.

Since there’s not a lot of video of the 1983 ceremony, here’s some BBC coverage:

Best British Album


  • The Kids from Fame – The Kids from Fame
  • Madness – Complete Madness
  • Barbara Streisand – Love Songs

Winner: Barbara Streisand.

Best British Female


  • Sheena Easton
  • Toyah Wilcox
  • Kim Wilde
  • Mari Wilson

Winner: Kim Wilde.

Best British Group


  • ABC
  • Dire Straits
  • Yazoo

Winner: Dire Straits.

Best British Male


  • Phil Collins
  • Paul McCartney
  • Cliff Richard
  • Shakin’ Stevens

Winner: Paul McCartney.

Best British Newcomer


  • ABC
  • Culture Club
  • Musical Youth
  • Yazoo

Winner: Yazoo.

Best British Producer


  • Trevor Horn
  • Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley
  • George Martin
  • Martin Rushent

Winner: Trevor Horn.

Best British Single


  • Irene Cara – Fame
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
  • Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

Winner: Dexys Midnight Runners.

Best Classical Recording


  • Christopher Hogwood – Violin Concertos – Bach
  • Julian Lloyd Webber – Portrait – John WIlliams
  • Mariner – Symphonies 6, 7 & 8
  • Simon Rattle – Glagolitic Mass – Jacanek
  • Rodrigo – Concerto Como Un

Winner: Julian Lloyd Webber.

Best International Artist


  • Julio Iglesias
  • Kid Creole and The Coconuts
  • Barry Manilow

Winner: Kid Creole and The Coconuts.

Life Achievement

Winner: Pete Townshend.

Sony Trophy for Technical Excellence

Winner: Paul McCartney.

Special Award

Winner: Chris Wright.

Outstanding Contribution

Winner: The Beatles.



Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed one video that is no longer available (13 August 2017).

Edit: fix links (6 January 2018).

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