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.

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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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