The British Rock & Pop Awards 1983

The 1983 ceremony was held on 21st February 1984, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was simulcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 1, and was held at The Lyceum in London. It was presented by David Jensen and Sarah Kennedy. Unfortunately, relatively little information was available about the final ceremony at the time that this article was researched.

Best Single

In the award for Best Single were True, by Spandau Ballet, in third place, and Duran Duran with Is There Something I Should Know? in second place.

Winner: Culture Club, for Karma Chameleon

Further Details

Paul McCartney appeared on video at the awards, presumably having won something.

By the following year, the BPI Awards (later the BRITs) were swiftly gaining momentum, and were well on the way to becoming the definitive British music award ceremony. They were also fully televised, for the first time since 1977, effectively taking the place of the British Rock & Pop Awards. Whether that’s the reason why these awards were discontinued, or whether there’s some other reason, is long lost in the mists of time.

Performances

Comparison with the BRIT Awards

For comparison, the 1984 BPI Awards can be viewed here. Culture Club won there, and Spandau Ballet received a technical award, but Duran Duran were entirely overlooked.

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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

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
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie

Winner: Dexy’s Midnight Runners

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

Winner: unknown

Further Details

Performances

  • 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.

Sources

The British Rock & Pop Awards 1981

The 1981 ceremony was held on 8th February 1982, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. The ceremony took place at the Lyceum, London, and was presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Cook.

Best Female Singer

Winner: Toyah

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Winner: Adam Ant

Best Group or Band

Winner: Adam and the Ants

Best Male Singer

Winner: Shakin’ Stevens

Best Album

Winner: The Human League, for Dare

Best Single

Winner: Ultravox, for Vienna

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

Winner: unknown

Best Newcomer

Nominees included Duran Duran.

Winner: unknown (but not Duran Duran!)

Performances

Comparison with the BRIT Awards

If you would like to see the comparison, the 1982 BRIT Awards are covered here. While the nominee list was similar, Toyah Willcox and Shakin’ Stevens failed to win, and Ultravox and Bananarama weren’t even nominated.

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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.

Performances

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

Sources

The British Rock & Pop Awards 1979

The 1979 ceremony was held on 26th February 1980, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was simulcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 1, and took place again at the Café Royal, London. It was presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Lawley, with commentary by Mike Read on the Radio 1 broadcast.

Best Female Singer

Winner: Kate Bush

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Winner: Paul McCartney

Best Group or Band

Winner: The Police

Best Male Singer

Winner: Gary Numan

Best Album

Presented by Rick Wakeman, with remote help from Anne Nightingale.

Winner: The Police, for Regatta de Blanc

Best Single

Winner: Boomtown Rats, for I Don’t Like Mondays

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

Presented by John Peel.

Winner: Jerry Dammers with Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music for his work with The Specials

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

Winner: unknown

Further Details

Presenters included Barron KnightsKate BushMarianne FaithfullAndy Gibb, and Leo Sayer, and possibly also Thereza Bazar of Dollar.

It was reported the following year that Gary Numan supposedly won “multiple awards”, which may tell us that he won the All-Round Family Appeal award, but we can’t tell that for sure.

Performances

Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra performed the music again, with Apollo performing dance routines.

Sources

The British Rock & Pop Awards 1978

By 1979, there was no longer a Daily Mirror Pop Club Reader Awards ceremony – just The British Rock & Pop Awards. The 1978 ceremony was held in early 1979 at the Café Royal, London, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was presented by Bob Wellings and David Jensen, and was broadcast by the BBC on 11th April 1979 (possibly live, although this isn’t definite) with a simulcast on BBC Radio 1.

Best Female Singer

Winner: Kate Bush

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Winner: Ian Dury

Best Group

Presented by Dusty Springfield, with a brilliant blooper when she announces the “best grope”.

Winner: Bee Gees, represented at the event by Robin Gibb

Best Male Singer

Winner: Leo Sayer

Best Album

Winner: Electric Light Orchestra, for Out of the Blue

Best Single

Winner: Gerry Rafferty, for Baker Street

Radio 1 DJs’ Award

Winner: Nick Lowe

Nationwide Golden Award

Winner: Barron Knights

Further Details

The end credits from the ceremony, including footage from the awards, can be viewed here:

Other presenters of awards included Dave Dee, Georgie Fame, Mary Hopkin, and Hank Marvin. The BBC TV series Nationwide covered the event on 15th February and 29th March.

Performances

Top of the Pops resident dancers Legs & Co performed a dance medley of Rod Stewart‘s D’Ya Think I’m Sexy, Bee Gees‘ Night FeverBrian and Michael‘s Matchstalk Men and You’re the One That I Want from Grease. Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra performed the music.

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The British Rock & Pop Awards 1977

This week’s post will be shorter than normal, because when I researched these events previously, I concluded that there did not appear to have been a 1977 ceremony, but that no longer seems to have been entirely true.

It certainly seems to be true that there was no British Rock & Pop Awards held in 1978 (and anyway, due to the confusing dating of the ceremony, the 1978 event was held in 1979). However, there does appear to have been a second outing for the Daily Mirror Pop Club Reader Awards, or at the very least, one award was presented. Nothing was televised for 1977, but whatever happened happened on 31st May 1978.

Awards

Winners included The Stranglers, but no other information seems to be available at the time of writing.

Sources

The British Rock & Pop Awards 1976

The entire history of the British Rock & Pop Awards is a little confusing, but its first couple of years are particularly difficult to unwrap. As far as I can make out, this awards series started out as the Daily Mirror Pop Club Reader Awards, or possibly the Daily Mirror Pop Club British Rock Awards. Anyway, the 1976 ceremony was held at Bingley Hall, Stafford, on 9th January 1977, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was compered by John Peel, and presented by NME founder Maurice Kinn.

The first time it came to be called The British Rock & Pop Awards appears to have been when it was televised by ATV on 27th January. The recording still exists to view at the BFI.

Best Singer (Male)

Winner: David Essex

Best Singer (Female)

Winner: Kiki Dee

Top Hard Rock Band

Winner: Status Quo

Best Pop Group

Winner: Wings

Best Rock Group

Winner: Wings

Top Musical Personality of the Year

Winner: David Essex

Best New Singer

Winner: John Miles

Best New Group

Winner: Real Thing

Best Instrumentalist

Winner: Eric Faulkner (Bay City Rollers)

Best Disc Jockey

Winner: Noel Edmonds

Best Single Record

Winner: Elton John & Kiki Dee, for Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Best Album

Winner: Bay City Rollers, for Dedication

Best Male Group Singer

This was an award which wasn’t reported in the programme, but The Beatles Diary says that it was won by Paul McCartney.

Further Details

The Beatles Diary suggests The Rubettes also supposedly won something, but this is not confirmed by other sources.

Performances

A lengthy recording of Status Quo‘s performance is available to view here:

Comparison with the BRIT Awards

October of the same year saw the first British Record Industry Britannia Centenary Awards take place, which would later become the BRIT Awards. That first ceremony was very different, as it was held to celebrate the preceding 25 years of British music rather than just the preceding year.

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Revisiting The British Rock & Pop Awards

I had never heard of The British Rock & Pop Awards until about 2014, when I was researching my complete history of the BRIT Awards. I kept finding references online to how they had previously been known as The British Rock & Pop Awards, and while it quickly became apparent that this was not true, I think I can now see why that was such a popular opinion.

Both awards series seem to have started in early 1977, but the British Record Industry Awards, which was the one that actually evolved into the BRIT Awards, was held once in 1977 and then not again until 1982, and apart from the initial ceremony, it wasn’t televised until 1985. The British Rock & Pop Awards, meanwhile, were held annually from 1977 to 1984, and were televised every year, so inevitably they captured the popular opinion rather more during that time.

I first explored the British Rock & Pop Awards back in 2014, over a series of three posts (1976-1978, 1979-1981, and 1982-1984), but in retrospect those posts are a bit of a mess, plus readers Gary Jordan and Henrique Reikdal were kind enough to unearth some new (to me) information, which in turn led me to new information which either wasn’t available online or managed to escape my attention when I researched the awards series previously.

So this time I’ve gone back to my original research and cross-checked everything meticulously, and will put up a new post with the results of my work every week for the next few weeks. Sorry for the suspense, and sorry if you find that a bit slow, but I hope you find them interesting!

Grammy Awards 2020

You probably gathered from previous years’ posts that I generally find the Grammy Awards a bit silly – there are just too many over-specific categories for it really to be meaningful. But it’s worth trawling through them once a year to see what happened, so here’s a summary for 2020!

#9 Best Dance Recording

The Chemical Brothers beat Bonobo and others to win this with Got to Keep On. They were also nominated for We’ve Got to Try for Best Music Video.

#10 Best Dance/Electronic Album

The Chemical Brothers won this too, for No Geography, beating Apparat‘s LP5, Tycho‘s latest, and others.

#16 Best Alternative Music Album

Thom Yorke won for Anima, which was also nominated for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package and Best Music Film. He was also nominated for Best Song Written For Visual Media, for Suspirium.

#51 Best World Music Album

Angelique Kidjo won for Celia.

That’s about all I could find, although I must confess I’m intrigued by the nominations for Best Immersive Audio Album, and a few others. If you have the patience to work through the full list of nominees and winners yourself, visit the official website here, and click on “Read More”.