The British Rock & Pop Awards 1980

The 1980 ceremony was held on 24th February 1981, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was presented again by Dave Lee Travis. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 1, with commentary from Andy Peebles. A full recording of the audio is available online here, and the introduction of the TV coverage is here:

Best Album

Winner: The Police, for Zenyatta Mondatta

Best Group or Band

Winner: The Police

Best Female Singer

Presented by Mickie Most. Winner: Sheena Easton

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Presented by Una Stubbs. Winner: Cliff Richard

Best Single

Presented by Suzi Quattro. Winner: The Jam, for Going Underground

Nationwide Golden Award for the Artist or Group with the Most All-Round Family Appeal

Presented by Sue Lawley. Winner: The Nolans

Best Male Singer

Presented by Lulu. Nominees included:

  • Gary Numan
  • Cliff Richard
  • Paul McCartney
  • David Bowie

Winner: David Bowie

Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music

Presented by Mike Read. Winner: John Lennon, and accepted by Yoko Ono

Further Details

Showaddywaddy were listed as having been “in attendance”. There was also a suggestion that Ultravox may have won a video award for Passing Strangers, but this appears not to have been true.


  • Adam and the Ants
  • Madness
  • Hazel O’Connor
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra


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