Complete Guide to The British Rock & Pop Awards

In this final post (probably ever) about the British Rock & Pop Awards, I wanted to round out what we do know about the eight-year history of this ceremony. There weren’t too many awards each year, so this should be fairly brief.

Best Female Singer

  • 1976: Kiki Dee
  • 1978: Kate Bush
  • 1979: Kate Bush
  • 1980: Sheena Easton
  • 1981: Toyah
  • 1982: Alison Moyet
  • 1983: unknown

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

  • 1976: David Essex
  • 1978: Ian Dury
  • 1979: Paul McCartney
  • 1980: Cliff Richard
  • 1981: Adam Ant
  • 1982: Boy George
  • 1983: unknown

Best Group or Band

  • 1976: Status Quo (Top Hard Rock Band), Wings (Top Pop Group), Wings (Top Rock Group)
  • 1978: Bee Gees
  • 1979: The Police
  • 1980: The Police
  • 1981: Adam and the Ants
  • 1982: Duran Duran
  • 1983: unknown

Best Male Singer

  • 1976: David Essex (Best Male Singer), Paul McCartney (Best Male Group Singer)
  • 1978: Leo Sayer
  • 1979: Gary Numan
  • 1980: David Bowie
  • 1981: Shakin’ Stevens
  • 1982: Simon Le Bon
  • 1983: unknown

Best Album

  • 1976: Bay City Rollers – Dedication
  • 1978: Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue
  • 1979: The Police – Regatta de Blanc
  • 1980: The PoliceZenyatta Mondatta
  • 1981: The Human LeagueDare
  • 1982: Duran DuranRio
  • 1983: unknown

Best Single

  • 1976: Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  • 1978: Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  • 1979: Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
  • 1980: The JamGoing Underground
  • 1981: UltravoxVienna
  • 1982: Dexys Midnight RunnersCome On Eileen
  • 1983: Culture ClubKarma Chameleon

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

  • 1976: unknown
  • 1978: Nick Lowe
  • 1979: Jerry Dammers
  • 1980: John Lennon
  • 1981: unknown
  • 1982: unknown
  • 1983: unknown

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

  • 1976: unknown
  • 1978: Barron Knights
  • 1979: unknown
  • 1980: The Nolans
  • 1981: unknown
  • 1982: unknown
  • 1983: unknown

Best Newcomer

  • 1976: John Miles (Best New Singer), Real Thing (Best New Group)
  • 1978: unknown
  • 1979: unknown
  • 1980: unknown
  • 1981: unknown
  • 1982: unknown
  • 1983: unknown

Best Instrumentalist

  • 1976: Eric Faulkner

Best Disc Jockey

  • 1976: Noel Edmonds

Unknown Awards

  • 1977: The Stranglers

You can see full details (or as much as my research was able to reveal) for all events below: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983.

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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