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
Presented by Rick Wakeman, with remote help from Anne Nightingale.
Winner: The Police, for Regatta de Blanc
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
Presenters included Barron Knights, Kate Bush, Marianne Faithfull, Andy 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.
Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra performed the music again, with Apollo performing dance routines.
- British Rock & Pop Awards 1979-1981
- Radio Times article from 16-24 February 1984 (shared by Henrique Reikdal)
- BFI record for the BBC broadcast
- Paul McCartney receives the Reader’s Award For Outstanding Music Personality of 1979
- A Pop Culture Scrapbook and Diary: 27 February 1980