The British Rock & Pop Awards 1982

The 1982 ceremony was held on 9th February 1983, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. The ceremony took place at The Lyceum in London, and was presented by Anne Diamond and David “Kid” Jensen.

On 15th January, Tommy Vance and Kid Jensen voiced this promo for the awards for BBC Radio 1 (also trailed here). There’s some early coverage from Nationwide, below:

Best Female Singer

Winner: Alison Moyet

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Winner: Boy George

Best Group or Band

Winner: Duran Duran, with Culture Club in second place and Dexys Midnight Runners in third.

Best Male Singer

Presented by Toyah Willcox. Winner: Simon Le Bon

Best Album

Nominees included:

  • ABC – Lexicon of Love
  • Duran Duran – Rio
  • Madness – Complete Madness

ABC ended up in third place; Madness in second; and the winner was Duran Duran

Best Single

Nominees included:

  • Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
  • Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie

Winner: Dexys Midnight Runners, with Duran Duran in second and Culture Club in third.

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

Winner: unknown

Further Details


  • Bananarama
  • The Belle Stars
  • Imagination
  • Junior
  • Kim Wilde – View from a Bridge

Comparison with the BRIT Awards

The 1983 BPI Awards can be viewed here, and was a very different ceremony. Alison Moyet wasn’t yet the ceremony favourite, and Boy George and Duran Duran failed to win too.



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