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.

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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”.

Q Awards 2019

I’m still reeling from the news that Q Magazine is no longer with us, but it seems a fair assumption that the Q Awards probably won’t happen again any time soon. Tickets are still on sale for the event on 14th October 2020, at an eye-watering £999 per person, so let’s hope I’m wrong about that, but either way, I never got around to summarising last Autumn’s Q Awards ceremony, so let’s jump onto it now.

The 2019 event took place at N on N, and were presented by Nadine Shah.

Q Best Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe

Nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Gerry Cinnamon
  • Easy Life
  • Sam Fender
  • Fontaines DC
  • Little Simz
  • Pale Waves
  • Rosalía
  • Self Esteem
  • Slowthai
  • AJ Tracey
  • Working Men’s Club

Winner: Pale Waves

Q Best Track Presented by Absolute Radio

Nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  • Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
  • FKA Twigs – Cellophane
  • JARV IS – Must I Evolve
  • Lizzo – Juice
  • Róisín Murphy – Incapable
  • The 1975 – People
  • AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
  • Stormzy – Vossi Bop
  • Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall

Winner: Lewis Capaldi

Q Best Album

Nominees:

  • Dave – Psychodrama
  • Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
  • Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  • Fat White Family – Serfs Up
  • Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
  • Little Simz – Grey Area
  • The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  • Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive
  • Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
  • Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Winner: Foals

Q Best Live Performance Presented by The Cavern Club

Nominees:

  • The Courteeners – Heaton Park
  • Doves – TCT at Royal Albert Hall
  • Florence & The Machine – BST Hyde Park
  • Ariana Grande – The O2
  • Michael Kiwanuka – End of the Road
  • The 1975 – Reading Festival
  • Stormzy – Glastonbury
  • The Streets – Brixton Academy
  • The Strokes – All Points East
  • Neil Young & Bob Dylan – BST Hyde Park

Winner: Michael Kiwanuka

Q Best Solo Act

Nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Loyle Carner
  • Dave
  • Billie Eilish
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Aldous Harding
  • Kano
  • Stormzy
  • Kate Tempest
  • Florence Welch

Winner: Stormzy

Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Rocksteady Music School

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Billie Eilish
  • Florence And The Machine
  • Liam Gallagher
  • The 1975
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Stormzy

Winner: The 1975

Q Best Festival/Event

Nominees:

  • All Points East
  • British Summer Time
  • Glastonbury
  • Isle of Wight Festival
  • Latitude
  • Reading and Leeds Festival

Winner: All Points East

Q Innovation In Sound

Winner: Dizzie Rascal

Q Classic Album

Winner: Tricky, for Maxinquaye

Q Maverick Presented by The Roundhouse

Winner: Edwyn Collins

Fender Play Award

Winner: Anna Calvi

Q Outstanding Contribution To Music

Winner: Kano

Q Classic Songwriter

Winner: Kevin Rowland

Q Inspiration

Winner: Madness

Q Icon Presented by Raymond Weil

Winner: Christine and the Queens

Q Hero

Winner: Kim Gordon

Q Song Of The Decade

Winner: Lana Del Rey, for Video Games

Q Best Vocal Performance

Winner: Little Simz

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020

I don’t often write about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, mainly because I don’t entirely understand what it is. I posted previously about one of this year’s potential “inductees” (whatever the heck that word actually means) and gave it some coverage previously here, but that’s literally it.

But now we have confirmation: as of 2020, that little plinky plonky synthpop group (as, amazingly, they still continue to be known in their native UK) Depeche Mode got indicted in the “performer” category, alongside The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex. Meanwhile, the Ahmet Ertegun Award was given to Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.

Since I haven’t covered it for a few years, it’s maybe worth mentioning that 2019 saw new indulgences The Cure and Radiohead, while 2014 saw Peter Gabriel industrialised, and that’s about all that I can see of interest.

There are more details at the official website here.

BRIT Awards 2020

The 2020 BRIT Awards were hosted by Jack Whitehall, sadly without his dad in tow, and took place at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday night (February 18th). Here are the winners of those new-fangled award categories.

British Album of the Year

Presented by Billie Eilish and Finneas. The nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
  • Dave – Psychodrama
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  • Harry Styles – Fine Line
  • Stormzy – Heavy is the Head

Winner: Dave

Song of the Year

The award formerly known as Best British Single was presented by the rubbery Tom Jones. Nominated were:

  • Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  • Dave feat. Burna Boy – Location
  • Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Giant
  • Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
  • Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
  • Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
  • Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing with a Stranger
  • Stormzy – Vossi Bop
  • AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
  • Tom Walker – Just You and I

Winner: Lewis Capaldi

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by the also-rubbery Ronnie Wood. The nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Stormzy
  • Harry Styles

Winner: Stormzy

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Ellie Goulding and Jorja Smith. The nominees were:

  • Charli XCX
  • FKA Twigs
  • Mabel
  • Mahalia
  • Freya Ridings

Winner: Mabel

British Group

Presented by an unnecessary large group consisting of Anne-Marie, Courtney Love, and Hailee Steinfeld. Nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • Coldplay
  • D-Block Europe
  • Foals

Winner: Foals

Best New Artist

The now-elderly Best British Newcomer and subsequently Best British Breakthrough Act award was presented by Clara Amfo and Niall Horan. Nominees:

  • Aitch
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Sam Fender
  • Mabel

Winner: Lewis Capaldi

International Male Solo Artist

Improbably presented by Kiefer Sutherland and Paloma Faith, with the following nominees:

  • Burna Boy
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Post Malone
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Tyler, the Creator

Winner: Tyler, the Creator

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Melanie C. Nominated were:

  • Camila Cabello
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Lizzo

Winner: Billie Eilish

Rising Star Award

This one used to be the Critics’ Choice Award. Nominated were:

  • Beabadoobee
  • Celeste
  • Joy Crookes

Winner: Celeste

British Producer of the Year

Winner: Fred Again

So that’s it for another year!

Ivor Novello Awards 2019

Another ceremony we missed was the 2019 Ivor Novello Awards, or “Ivors”. Intended to honour songwriters rather than performers, these never get a huge amount of attention, but occasionally someone or something of interest gets honoured.

The ceremony took place on the 23rd of May, at Grosvenor House in London.

Ivors Inspiration Award

Winner: Wiley

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Nominated were:

  • Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) – Four Out of Five
  • Ben Howard – Nica Libres at Dusk
  • Hozier – Nina Cried Power

Winner: Ben Howard

Best Contemporary Song

The nominees:

  • Ghetts feat. Kojey Redical – Black Rose
  • Jorja Smith (with Guy Bonnet, Dizzee Rascal, and Roman Romanelli) – Blue Lights
  • The1975 – Love it if We Made it

Winner: The 1975

Outstanding Song Collection

Winner: Dido, who, by the way, is pretty much the only person on this list who I’ve heard of, which probably shows how out of touch I am these days…

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Nominees:

  • Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
  • George Ezra – Shotgun
  • Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – These Days

Winner: Rudimental and friends

Jazz Award

Winner: Django Bates

Best Album

Nominees:

  • Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
  • Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears
  • Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance

Winner: Idles

International Achievement

Winner: Deep Purple, Mark II — Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord (posthumous) and Ian Paice

Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Winner: Richard Ashcroft

Best Original Video Game Score

Nominees:

  • Michael Georgiades, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • David Housden – Q.U.B.E. 2
  • Robin Bealand – Sea of Thieves

Winner: Sea of Thieves

Best Television Soundtrack

Nominees:

  • Arthur Sharpe – Flowers (Series 2)
  • Clint Mansell – Happy New Year, Colin Burstead
  • Natasha Khan and Dominik Scherrer – Requiem

Winner: Requiem

Best Original Film Score

Nominees:

  • Anne Nikitin – American Animals
  • Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Pemberton – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Winner: Jonny Greenwood

Mercury Prize 2019

I honestly didn’t forget about this – I just wanted to pull the late awards ceremonies from last year into a series of posts around now. So let’s start with the easy one, last year’s Mercury Prize. There are just twelve nominees every year leading to a single prize for what is, in theory, the year’s best album. Here’s the shortlist:

  • Black Midi – Schlagenheim
  • Anna Calvi – Hunter
  • Dave – Psychodrama
  • Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1
  • Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
  • Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
  • Cate Le Bon – Reward
  • Little Simz – Grey Area
  • The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  • Nao – Saturn
  • SEED Ensemble – Driftglass
  • slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

The winner was Dave. The rapper, not the television channel.