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.

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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.

Sources

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

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

Record Companies – Virgin Records

All of the major labels are big enough that they have, at times at least, been able to boast an impressive range of artists, but few are as interesting as Virgin Records. Formed in 1972 by Richard Branson, Simon Draper, Nik Powell, and Tom Newman, they went on to become one of the most influential labels in the music business.

Famously, Mike Oldfield‘s Tubular Bells was the label’s first release, and in the early 1970s, they became well known for their prog rock releases, also becoming an early home to Tangerine Dream, but then in 1977, hit the mainstream by signing the Sex Pistols. Major releases from Culture Club, The Human League, Simple Minds, XTC, and others followed, making the label a household name throughout the 1980s.

That was essentially it – in 1992, Richard Branson sold Virgin to EMI, and while the list of signed artists continued to grow, including such huge names as The Future Sound of London, the Spice Girls, and Meat Loaf, its heyday as an influential brand really seems to have passed by this time.

You can read more about Virgin Records here:
https://www.virginrecords.com/

Chart for stowaways – 26 January 2019

Here are the week’s top albums:

  1. Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre – Planet Jarre
  3. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  4. The Radiophonic Workshop – Possum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  5. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  6. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  7. The Prodigy – No Tourists
  8. The Grid – Electric Head
  9. Saint Etienne – London Conversations – The Best of
  10. Culture Club & Boy George – Life

Chart for stowaways – 12 January 2019

Here’s the latest album chart:

  1. Jean-Michel Jarre – Planet Jarre
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity
  3. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  4. The Radiophonic Workshop – Possum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  5. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  6. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  7. The Grid – Electric Head
  8. The Prodigy – No Tourists
  9. David Bowie – Glastonbury 2000
  10. Culture Club & Boy George – Life

Chart for stowaways – 29 December 2018

Let’s quickly catch up on the last album chart of 2018…

  1. Jean-Michel Jarre – Planet Jarre
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity
  3. The Radiophonic Workshop – Possum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  4. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  5. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  6. The Grid – Electric Head
  7. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  8. The Prodigy – No Tourists
  9. David Bowie – Glastonbury 2000
  10. Culture Club & Boy George – Life

Albums chart of the year 2018

  1. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  2. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  3. Sparks – Hippopotamus [number 21 in 2017]
  4. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury [number 13 in 2017]
  5. The Human League – Secrets [released in 2001, number 170 in 2017]
  6. The Radiophonic Workshop – Possum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  7. Tracey Thorn – Record
  8. David Bowie – Legacy [number 27 in 2016, number 4 in 2017]
  9. Kylie Minogue – Golden
  10. Jean-Michel Jarre – Planet Jarre
  11. Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity
  12. The Grid – Electric Head
  13. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  14. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  15. The Prodigy – No Tourists
  16. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon [released in 1973, number 11 in 2017]
  17. Gorillaz – The Now Now
  18. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye [number 7 in 2017]
  19. Chvrches – Love Is Dead
  20. Culture Club & Boy George – Life

Chart for stowaways – 1 December 2018

Here’s the latest album chart:

  1. The Radiophonic Workshop – Possum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  2. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  3. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  4. The Grid – Electric Head
  5. Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity
  6. Jean-Michel Jarre – Planet Jarre
  7. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  8. The Prodigy – No Tourists
  9. Primal Scream – Give Out But Don’t Give Up – Original
  10. Culture Club & Boy George – Life

Chart for stowaways – 10 November 2018

Here’s the latest album chart for stowaways:

  1. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  2. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  3. The Radiophonic Workshop – Possum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  4. The Prodigy – No Tourists
  5. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  6. Culture Club & Boy George – Life
  7. Dead Can Dance – Dionysus
  8. Primal Scream – Give Out But Don’t Give Up – Original
  9. Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics
  10. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog