Ivor Novello Awards Winners 1956-2018 (Part Two)

Last week, we ran through the 63-year history of the Ivor Novello Awards, and listed all the winners in the Song and Album categories, and the special and one-off awards. Let’s finish that journey now, starting with the Artist Award categories.

Artist Awards

Outstanding Services to British Music

  • 1956 – Jack Payne
  • 1957 – A.P. Mantovani
  • 1958 – Ted Heath
  • 1959 – Billy Cotton
  • 1960 – Lionel Bart
  • 1961 – Eric Maschwitz
  • 1962 – Cliff Richard, Jet Harris, Hank Marvin, Tony Meehan and Bruce Welch
  • 1963 – Lawrence Wright
  • 1964 – Brian Epstein, George Harrison, John Lennon, George Martin, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
  • 1965 – Paddy Roberts
  • 1966 – BBC TV (for the production of the series ‘A Song For Europe’)
  • 1967 – Joe Loss
  • 1968 – Alan Herbert
  • 1969 – Andrew Gold
  • 1970 – Noel Coward
  • 1971 – Cliff Richard
  • 1972 – Jimmy Kennedy
  • 1973 – Vivian Ellis
  • 1974 – Tolchard Evans
  • 1975 – Vera Lynn
  • 1976 – Dick James
  • 1977 – Adrian Boult
  • 1978 – Harry Mortimer
  • 1979 – George Martin
  • 1980 – Robert Mayer
  • 1981 – William Walton
  • 1982 – Lennox Berkeley
  • 1984 – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1985 – Michael Tippett
  • 1986 – Malcolm Arnold
  • 1987 – Yehudi Menuhin
  • 1988 – David Heneker
  • 1989 – Paul McCartney
  • 1990 – Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Ian Gibbons and Jim Rodford
  • 1991 – Robert Farnon
  • 1996 – Jeff Lynne

Songwriter of the Year

  • 1970 – Tony Macaulay
  • 1971 – Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway
  • 1972 – Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway
  • 1973 – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • 1974 – Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn
  • 1975 – Phil Coulter and Bill Martin
  • 1976 – Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington
  • 1977 – Biddu
  • 1978 – Tony Macaulay
  • 1979 – Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1980 – Ben Findon
  • 1981 – Ben Findon
  • 1982 – Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni
  • 1983 – Andy Hill
  • 1984 – Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
  • 1985 – George Michael
  • 1986 – Roland Orzabal
  • 1987 – Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
  • 1988 – Matt Aitken, Mike Stock and Peter Waterman
  • 1989 – George Michael and Matt Aitken, Mike Stock and Peter Waterman (presented jointly)
  • 1990 – Matt Aitken, Mike Stock and Peter Waterman
  • 1991 – Phil Collins
  • 1992 – Mick Hucknall
  • 1993 – Colin Angus and Richard West
  • 1994 – Gary Barlow
  • 1995 – Tony Mortimer
  • 1996 – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Noel Gallagher (presented jointly)
  • 1997 – George Michael
  • 1998 – Richard Ashcroft
  • 1999 – Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams
  • 2000 – Fran Healy
  • 2001 – Craig David and Mark Hill
  • 2002 – Dido Armstrong
  • 2003 – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
  • 2004 – Ed Graham, Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins and Frankie Poullain
  • 2005 – Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes and Tim Rice-Oxley
  • 2006 – Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett
  • 2007 – Dan Gillespie Sells, Ciaran Jeremiah, Kevin Jeremiah, Richard Jones and Paul Stewart
  • 2008 – Mika
  • 2009 – Eg White
  • 2010 – Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
  • 2011 – Ben Drew
  • 2012 – Adele Adkins
  • 2013 – Calvin Harris
  • 2014 – Tom Odell
  • 2015 – Ed Sheeran
  • 2016 – Adele
  • 2017 – Skepta
  • 2018 – Ed Sheeran

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

  • 1977 – John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
  • 1979 – Jeff Lynne
  • 1981 – John Lennon
  • 1982 – Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Kenney Jones, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend
  • 1983 – Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford
  • 1984 – Andy Brown, Peter Kircher, Alan Lancaster, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi
  • 1985 – Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Patrick Moraz and Ray Thomas
  • 1986 – Elton John
  • 1987 – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor
  • 1988 – Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 1989 – Mark Knopfler and John Illsley
  • 1990 – David Bowie
  • 1991 – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman
  • 1992 – David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright
  • 1993 – Bernie Calvert, Allan Clarke, Bobby Elliott, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash and Terry Sylvester
  • 1994 – Tim Rice
  • 1995 – Lonnie Donegan
  • 1996 – Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott and Ian McLagan
  • 1997 – Elvis Costello
  • 1998 – Morrissey
  • 1999 – Chrissie Hynde
  • 2000 – Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant
  • 2001 – Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer
  • 2002 – Kate Bush
  • 2003 – Bryan Ferry
  • 2004 – Errol Brown
  • 2005 – Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Roger Taylor
  • 2006 – Ray Davies
  • 2007 – Norman Cook
  • 2008 – Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
  • 2009 – Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles
  • 2010 – Trevor Horn
  • 2011 – Paul Rodgers
  • 2012 – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams
  • 2013 – Justin Hayward
  • 2014 – Jeff Beck
  • 2015 – Boy George
  • 2016 – Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley
  • 2017 – Anne Dudley
  • 2018 – Billy Bragg

International Achievement

  • 1970 – Tom Jones
  • 1980 – Paul McCartney
  • 1991 – Albert Hammond
  • 1992 – Bernie Taupin
  • 1993 – Rod Temperton
  • 1994 – Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jnr and The Edge
  • 1997 – Noel Hogan and Dolores O’Riordan
  • 1998 – Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan
  • 1999 – Martin Gore
  • 2001 – Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith
  • 2002 – Sting
  • 2003 – Astro, James Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers and Michael Virtue
  • 2004 – Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway and Thom Yorke
  • 2005 – Robert Smith
  • 2006 – Ian Anderson
  • 2008 – Phil Collins
  • 2010 – Imogen Heap
  • 2011 – Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Christopher Wolstenholme
  • 2013 – Gavin Rossdale
  • 2014 – Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Marcus Mumford
  • 2016 – Wayne Hector
  • 2017 – Florence Welch
  • 2018 – Billy Ocean

Outstanding Contribution to British Musical Theatre

  • 1994 – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1996 – Cameron Mackintosh

Lifetime Achievement

  • 1980 – Edgar Yipsel Harburg and Jimmy Kennedy
  • 1983 – Vivian Ellis
  • 1989 – Cliff Richard
  • 1992 – Eric Clapton
  • 1993 – George Shearing
  • 1994 – Ron Goodwin
  • 1995 – Van Morrison
  • 1997 – John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
  • 1999 – Rod Stewart
  • 2001 – Pete Townshend
  • 2007 – Peter Gabriel
  • 2008 – David Gilmour
  • 2010 – Paul Weller
  • 2012 – Mark Knopfler
  • 2014 – Christine McVie
  • 2015 – Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward
  • 2016 – Damon Albarn
  • 2017 – Nitin Sawhney

The Jimmy Kennedy Award

  • 1985 – Tommie Connor
  • 1986 – Lionel Bart
  • 1987 – Hugh Charles
  • 1988 – Norman Newell
  • 1989 – Leslie Bricusse
  • 1990 – Herbert Kretzmer
  • 1991 – John Barry
  • 1992 – Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent
  • 1993 – Les Reed
  • 1994 – Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway
  • 1995 – Don Black
  • 1996 – Tony Macaulay
  • 1997 – Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn
  • 1998 – Barry Mason
  • 1999 – Peter Callander and Mitch Murray
  • 2000 – Geoff Stephens

Outstanding Song Collection

  • 1993 – Marcella Detroit, Siobhan Fahey and Dave Stewart
  • 1994 – Paul Weller
  • 1995 – Elvis Costello
  • 1996 – Joan Armatrading
  • 1997 – Richard Thompson
  • 1998 – Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri
  • 1999 – Wallis Buchanan, Simon Katz, Jason Kay, Derrick McKenzie, Toby Smith and Stuart Zender
  • 2000 – Mike Barson, Mark Bedford, Chris Foreman, Cathal Smyth, Suggs, Lee Thompson and Daniel Woodgate
  • 2001 – Roy Wood
  • 2002 – Mick Hucknall
  • 2003 – Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jnr and The Edge
  • 2004 – Lol Crème, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart
  • 2005 – John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor
  • 2006 – Philip Cunningham, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner
  • 2007 – Yusuf Islam
  • 2008 – Gabrielle
  • 2009 – Vince Clarke
  • 2011 – Steve Winwood
  • 2012 – Gary Kemp
  • 2013 – Noel Gallagher
  • 2014 – Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons
  • 2015 – Albert Hammond
  • 2016 – Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Jim Kerr and Mick MacNeil
  • 2017 – Pulp
  • 2018 – Cathy Dennis

PRS for Music Special International Award

  • 1999 – Hal David
  • 2000 – Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
  • 2001 – Stevie Wonder
  • 2002 – Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
  • 2003 – Brian Wilson
  • 2004 – Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
  • 2005 – Lou Reed
  • 2006 – Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
  • 2007 – Quincy Jones
  • 2008 – Diane Warren
  • 2009 – Smokey Robinson
  • 2010 – Neil Sedaka
  • 2011 – Stephen Sondheim
  • 2012 – Jimmy Webb
  • 2013 – Randy Newman
  • 2014 – Nile Rodgers
  • 2015 – Paul Williams
  • 2016 – Bryan Adams
  • 2017 – Bill Withers
  • 2018 – Lionel Richie

BASCA Fellowship

  • 2006 – Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • 2009 – David Ferguson
  • 2009 – Don Black
  • 2010 – Tim Rice
  • 2012 – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 2015 – Annie Lennox

The Ivors Inspiration Award

  • 2008 – Jazzie B
  • 2009 – Edwyn Collins
  • 2010 – Johnny Marr
  • 2011 – Dizzee Rascal
  • 2012 – Siouxsie Sioux
  • 2013 – Marc Almond
  • 2014 – Jerry Dammers
  • 2015 – James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore and Nicky Wire
  • 2016 – Mark Day, Paul Davis, Paul Ryder, Shaun Ryder and Gary Whelan
  • 2017 – Gary Numan
  • 2018 – Shane MacGowan

The Ivors Classical Music Award

  • 2003 – Boots of Lead – Simon Holt
  • 2004 – Richard Rodney Bennett
  • 2005 – John Tavener
  • 2006 – Harrison Birtwistle
  • 2007 – John Rutter
  • 2008 – Jonathan Dove
  • 2009 – James MacMillan
  • 2010 – Peter Maxwell Davies
  • 2011 – Michael Nyman
  • 2013 – Errollyn Wallen
  • 2014 – John McCabe
  • 2015 – Judith Weir
  • 2016 – Oliver Knussen
  • 2018 – Thea Musgrave

The Ivors Jazz Award

  • 2012 – Stan Tracey
  • 2017 – John Surman

Genre or Style-Specific Awards

Best Instrumental or Light Orchestral Work

  • 1956 – The Dam Busters – Eric Coates
  • 1957 – The Westminster Waltz – Robert Farnon
  • 1958 – Elizabethan Serenade – Ronald Binge
  • 1959 – Lingering Lovers – Ron Goodwin
  • 1960 – Windows of Parish – Tony Osborne
  • 1961 – Seashore – Robert Farnon
  • 1962 – The Secrets of the Seine – Tony Osborne
  • 1963 – Nicola – Steve Race
  • 1964 – Carlos’ Theme – Ivor Slaney
  • 1965 – Bombay Duckling – Max Harris
  • 1966 – March of the Mods – Tony Carr
  • 1967 – The Power Game – Wayne Hill
  • 1968 – Love in the Open Air – Paul McCartney
  • 1969 – Ring of Kerry – Peter Hope
  • 1971 – March from the Colour Suite – Gordon Langford
  • 1975 – Four Dances from Aladdin – Ernest Tomlinson
  • 1976 – Introduction and Air to a Stained Glass Window – John Gregory
  • 1977 – Rain Forest – Biddu
  • 1978 – Cavatina – Stanley Myers
  • 1979 – Song For Guy – Elton John
  • 1980 – War of the Worlds – Jeff Wayne and Gary Osborne

Best Comedy Song

  • 1956 – Got’n Idea – Paddy Roberts and Jack Woodman
  • 1958 – Three Brothers – Paddy Roberts
  • 1959 – I’m So Ashamed – Ken Hare
  • 1960 – The Ballad of Bethnal Green – Paddy Roberts
  • 1964 – Flash, Bang, Wallop – David Heneker
  • 1966 – A Windmill In Old Amsterdam – Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge
  • 1967 – Hev Yew Gotta Loight, Boy? – Allan Smethurst
  • 1968 – Grocer Jack – Keith West and Mark Wirtz
  • 1969 – I’m the Urban Spaceman – Neil Innes
  • 1971 – Grandad – Herbie Flowers and Ken Pickett
  • 1972 – Ernie – Benny Hill
  • 1973 – The People Tree – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
  • 1974 – Nice One Cyril – Helen Clarke and Harold Spiro

Best Swing / Rhythm Composition

  • 1956 – Big City Suite – Ralph Dollimore
  • 1957 – Itinerary of an Orchestra – Johnny Dankworth and Dave Lindup
  • 1958 – Overdrive – Tommy Watt

Best Jazz Work

  • 1959 – The Colonel’s Tune – Johnny Dankworth
  • 1960 – Beaulieu Festival Suite – Kenny Graham
  • 1961 – Apache – Jerry Lordan
  • 1962 – African Waltz – Galt Macdermot
  • 1963 – Outbreak of Murder – Gordon Franks
  • 1964 – What the Dickens – Johnny Dankworth

Best Beat Song

  • 1966 – It’s Not Unusual – Gordon Mills and Les Reed
  • 1969 – Build Me Up Buttercup – Michael D’Abo and Tony Macaulay
  • 1974 – Rubber Bullets – Lol Crème, Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman

Best Ballad or Romantic Song

  • 1969 – I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten – Clive Westlake
  • 1971 – Home Lovin’ Man – Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway and Tony Macaulay
  • 1972 – No Matter How I Try – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • 1973 – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Ewan MacColl
  • 1974 – Won’t Somebody Dance with Me – Lynsey De Paul

The Best Pop Song

  • 1971 – Love Grows – Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason
  • 1972 – Simple Game – Mike Pinder
  • 1973 – Oh Babe What Could I Say – Hurricane Smith
  • 1974 – You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me – Tony Macaulay and Geoff Stephens
  • 1975 – Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
  • 1976 – I’m Not In Love – Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart
  • 1977 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • 1978 – How Deep Is Your Love – Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb
  • 1979 – Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  • 1980 – I Don’t Like Mondays – Bob Geldof
  • 1981 – Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
  • 1982 – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – Sting
  • 1983 – Our House – Carl Smyth and Chris Foreman
  • 1984 – Karma Chameleon – Boy George, John Moss, Michael Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett

Best Middle of the Road Song

  • 1976 – Harry – Catherine Howe
  • 1977 – Music – John Miles

The Ivors Dance Award

  • 1998 – You’re Not Alone – Tim Kellett and Robin Taylor-Firth
  • 1999 – Horny – Mousse T and Errol Rennalls
  • 2000 – Re-Rewind – Mark Hill/Craig David
  • 2001 – Woman Trouble – Mark Hill, Craig David, Robbie Craig and Pete Devereux
  • 2002 – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis
  • 2003 – Lazy – Ashley Beedle, Darren House, Darren Rock and David Byrne
  • 2004 – Strict Machine – Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory and Nick Batt

Musicals, Films, Television, Radio, and Video Games

The Best Song From a Musical

  • 1956 – Salad Days – Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade
  • 1958 – Free as Air – Dorothy Reynolds, Julian Slade
  • 1960 – Lock Up Your Daughters – Lionel Bart and Laurie Johnson
  • 1961 – Oliver! – Lionel Bart
  • 1962 – Stop the World I Want to Get Off – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
  • 1966 – Charlie Girl – David Heneker and John Taylor
  • 1972 – I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

Best British Musical

  • 1963 – Summer Holiday – Brian Bennett, Stanley Black, Ronald Cass, Mike Conlin, Hank Marvin, Peter Myers, Cliff Richard and Bruce Welch
  • 1965 – Robert and Elizabeth – Ron Grainer and Ronald Millar
  • 1974 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  • 1975 – Treasure Island – Cyril Ornadel and Hal Shaper
  • 1976 – Great Expectations – Cyril Ornadel and Hal Shaper
  • 1978 – Privates on Parade – Denis King and Peter Nicholls
  • 1979 – Evita – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  • 1980 – Songbook – Monty Norman and Julian Mo
  • 1982 – Cats – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn
  • 1983 – Windy City – Tony Macaulay and Dick Vosburgh
  • 1984 – Blood Brothers – Willie Russell
  • 1985 – The Hired Man – Howard Goodall
  • 1986 – Me and My Girl – Reginald Armitage and Douglas Furber
  • 1987 – The Phantom of the Opera – Charles Hart, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe
  • 1990 – Aspects of Love – Don Black, Charles Hart and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 1992 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

Best Film Score Theme or Song

  • 1957 – The March Hare – Philip Green
  • 1959 – Inn of the Sixth Happiness – Malcolm Arnold
  • 1967 – Born Free – John Barry and Don Black
  • 1973 – Diamonds Are Forever – John Barry and Don Black
  • 1978 – How Deep Is Your Love – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • 1979 – Bright Eyes – Mike Batt
  • 1980 – Caravans – Mike Batt
  • 1981 – Xanadu – Jeff Lynne
  • 1982 – The French Lieutenant’s Woman – Carl Davis
  • 1983 – For All Mankind – Ravi Shankar and George Fenton
  • 1984 – Going Home – Mark Knopfler
  • 1985 – We All Stand Together – Paul McCartney
  • 1986 – We Don’t Need Another Hero – Graham Lyle and Terry Britten
  • 1987 – Sweet Freedom – Rod Temperton
  • 1988 – Cry Freedom – George Fenton and Jonas Gwangwa
  • 1989 – Two Hearts – Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier
  • 1990 – Henry V Nons Nobis Domine – Patrick Doyle
  • 1991 – Witches – Stanley Myers
  • 1992 – Under Suspicion – Christopher Gunning
  • 1993 – Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton and Will Jennings
  • 1994 – The Piano – Michael Nyman
  • 1995 – Circle of Life – Elton John and Tim Rice
  • 1996 – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman – Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange, Michael Kamen and Bryan Adams
  • 1998 – Picture of You – Paul Wilson, Andy Watkins, Ronan Keating and Eliot Kennedy
  • 1999 – The Flame Still Burns – Chris Difford, Marti Frederiksen and Mick Jones

Best Original Film Score

  • 1968 – Doctor Dolittle – Leslie Bricusse
  • 1969 – Madwoman of Caillot – Michael Lewis
  • 1976 – Murder on the Orient Express – Richard Rodney Bennett
  • 1979 – The Silent Witness – Alan Hawkshaw
  • 1995 – Shadowlands – George Fenton
  • 1996 – Don Juan De Marco – Michael Kamen
  • 1997 – 101 Dalmatians – Michael Kamen
  • 1998 – William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet – Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries and Nellee Hooper
  • 1999 – Firelight – Christopher Gunning
  • 2000 – The World Is Not Enough – David Arnold
  • 2001 – X-Men – Michael Kamen
  • 2002 – Shrek – Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell
  • 2003 – The Quiet American – Craig Armstrong
  • 2004 – Max – Dan Jones
  • 2005 – Enduring Love – Jeremy Sams
  • 2006 – Evil – Francis Shaw
  • 2007 – Ice Age: The Meltdown – John Powell
  • 2008 – Atonement – Dario Marianelli
  • 2009 – There Will Be Blood – Jonny Greenwood
  • 2010 – Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – John Powell
  • 2011 – How To Train Your Dragon – John Powell
  • 2012 – The First Grader – Alex Heffes
  • 2013 – Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
  • 2014 – The Epic of Everest – Simon Fisher Turner
  • 2015 – ‘71 – David Holmes
  • 2016 – Ex_Machina – Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury
  • 2017 – Kubo and the Two Strings – Dario Marianelli
  • 2018 – Jackie – Mica Levi

Best Television or Radio Theme or Song

  • 1962 – The Maigret Theme – Ron Grainer
  • 1963 – Steptoe and Son – Ron Grainer
  • 1964 – Theme from ‘The Avengers’ – Johnny Dankworth
  • 1965 – Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life – Caryl Brahms, Ron Grainer and Ned Sherrin
  • 1971 – Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler – Jimmy Perry and Derek Taverner
  • 1974 – Galloping Home – Denis King
  • 1975 – No Honestly! – Lynsey De Paul
  • 1976 – The Edwardians (Upstairs, Downstairs Theme) – Alexander Faris
  • 1977 – Sam – John McCabe
  • 1978 – Poldark – Kenyon Emrys-Roberts
  • 1979 – Lillie – Joseph Horovitz
  • 1980 – Nunc Dimittis – Geoffrey Burgon
  • 1981 – I Could Be So Good for You – Gerard Kenny and Patricia Waterman
  • 1982 – Brideshead Revisited – Geoffrey Burgon
  • 1983 – Theme From Harry’s Game – Paul Brennan
  • 1984 – That’s Livin’ Alright – David Mackay and Ken Ashby
  • 1985 – Jewel in the Crown – George Fenton
  • 1986 – Edge of Darkness – Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen
  • 1987 – The Monocled Mutineer – George Fenton
  • 1988 – Fortunes of War – Richard Holmes
  • 1989 – Testament – Nigel Hess
  • 1990 – Ruth Rendell Mysteries – Brian Bennett
  • 1991 – Victorian Kitchen – Paul Reade
  • 1992 – Darling Buds of May – Philip Burley and Barrie Guard
  • 1993 – Civvies – Michael Storey
  • 1994 – Stalag Luft – Stanley Myers
  • 1995 – Middlemarch – Stanley Myers
  • 1996 – The Hanging Gale – Shaun Davey
  • 1997 – Hetty Wainthropp Investigates – Nigel Hess
  • 1998 – Rebecca – Christopher Gunning
  • 1999 – Close Relations – Rob Lane
  • 2000 – Trial By Fire – Richard G Mitchell
  • 2001 – Gormenghast – Richard Rodney Bennett
  • 2002 – The Blue Planet – George Fenton

Best Television or Radio Soundtrack

  • 1973 – Colditz – Robert Farnon
  • 2003 – Feltham Sings – Dextrous and Simon Armitage
  • 2004 – The Young Visitors – Nicholas Hooper
  • 2005 – Blackpool – Rob Lane
  • 2006 – Elizabeth I – Rob Lane
  • 2007 – The Virgin Queen – Martin Phipps
  • 2008 – Oliver Twist – Martin Phipps
  • 2009 – Wallace and Gromit (A Matter of Loaf and Death) – Julian Nott
  • 2010 – Desperate Romantics – Daniel Pemberton
  • 2011 – Any Human Heart – Dan Jones
  • 2012 – The Shadow Line – Martin Phipps
  • 2013 – Lucian Freud: Painted Life – John Harle
  • 2014 – Ripper Street – Dominik Scherrer
  • 2015 – The Honourable Woman – Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps
  • 2016 – London Spy – Keefus Ciancia and David Holmes
  • 2017 – War and Peace – Martin Phipps
  • 2018 – The Miniaturist – Dan Jones

Best Theme from a Commercial

  • 1990 – Abbey Endings (Abbey National) – Lionel Bart
  • 1991 – Only You (Fiat Tempra) – Geoff MacCormack and Simon Goldenberg
  • 1992 – Driven By You (Ford Motor Company) – Brian May

Best Original Video Game Score

  • 2010 – Killzone 2 – Joris de Man
  • 2011 – Napoleon: Total War – Richard Beddow, Richard Birdsall and Ian Livingstone
  • 2018 – Horizon Zero Dawn – Joris de Man, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith
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Ivor Novello Awards – The 1960s

Before we launch into the “Ivors” from the sixties, a quick word about the credits here. The Ivor Novello Awards are, unusually and entirely laudably, given for songwriting rather than performing, but that isn’t necessarily compatible with most people understand music. In the interests of context, I’ve therefore added performer names where I know them (but I didn’t bother researching them in a lot of detail, so please comment below if you see things you feel need changing!)

Apart from the usual pop suspects, it’s great to see awards and nominations for John Barry and Ron Grainer in amongst these lists!

Ivor Novello Awards 1960

The fifth Ivor Novello Awards were broadcast on BBC Television on 6th June 1960, with Eric Robinson conducting the Orchestra, led by David McCallum.

  • The Best Selling and Most Performed Song of the Year: Side Saddle, written by Russ Conway. Also nominated: Living Doll, by Lionel Bart
  • The Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically: The Village of St. Bernadette, written by Eula Parker. Also nominated: Maybe This Year, by Ronald Wakley and Marcel Stellman
  • The Year’s Outstanding Novelty Item: The Ballad of Bethnal Green, written by Paddy Roberts. Also nominated: Little White Bull, by Michael Pratt, Lionel Bart and Tommy Steele
  • The Year’s Outstanding Composition in Jazz or Beat Idiom: Beaulieu Festival Suite, written by Kenny Graham. Also nominated: Jazzboatby Joe Henderson
  • The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Composition: Windows of Parish, written by Tony Osborne. Also nominated: Ring Ding, by Steve Race
  • The Year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Score of a Stage Play, Film, TV Programme or Radio Production: Lock Up Your Daughters, written by Lionel Bart and Laurie Johnson. Also nominated: Meet The Familyby Peter Greenwell and Peter Wildeblood
  • Outstanding Personal Services to British Popular Music: Lionel Bart

Ivor Novello Awards 1961

The 1961 ceremony was presented by W.E. Butlin, and broadcast on BBC Television on 20th May 1961. The broadcast was introduced by David Jacobs, and starred Max Bygraves, Georgia Brown, Matt Monro, Craig Douglas, Bert Weedon, Paddy Roberts, Max Harris and Douglas Gamley. Eric Robinson conducted the orchestra which was led by David McCallum.

  • The Best Selling and Most Performed Song of the Year: As Long As He Needs Me, written by Lionel Bart. Also nominated: Apache, performed by The Shadows, written by Jerry Lordan
  • The Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically: Portrait Of My Love, written by Norman Newell and Cyril Ornadel. Also nominated: As Long As He Needs Me, by Lionel Bart
  • The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Composition: Seashore, written by Robert Farnon. Also nominated: The Willow Waltz, by Cyril Watters
  • The Year’s Outstanding Composition in Jazz or Beat Idiom: Apache. Also nominated: Hit and Miss, by John Barry
  • The Year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Score of a Stage Play, Film, TV Programme or Radio Production: Oliver, written by Lionel Bart. Also nominated: The Gurney Slade Theme, by Max Harris
  • Judges’ Choice Award (any work which in the opinion of the Judges, is worthy of an Award, but which may not necessarily be governed by Existing Categories): Goodness Gracious Me, written by Herbert Kretzmer and David Lee. Also nominated: The Belle of Barking Creek, by Paddy Roberts
  • Outstanding Personal Services to British Popular Music: Eric Maschwitz
  • Special Award: What Do You Want If You Don’t Want Money?, written by Johnny Worth

Ivor Novello Awards 1962

W.E. Butlin turned up again for the 1962 ceremony, broadcast on BBC Television on 13th May 1962. The broadcast was introduced by Catherine Boyle and starred Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Anthony Newley, Helen Shapiro and Her Hair, Matt Monro, Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra, Tony Osborne, Ron Grainer and The Ivor Raymonde Singers. Eric Robinson conducted the orchestra, led by David McCallum.

  • The Most Performed Work of the Year: My Kind of Girl, written by Leslie Bricusse. Also nominated: Portrait of My Love, by Cyril Ornadel and Norman Newell
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1961 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: Walkin’ Back To Happiness, written by Michael Hawker and John Schroeder. Also nominated: Are You Sure, by Bob Allison and John Allison
  • The Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically: What Kind of Fool Am I?, written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Also nominated: No Greater Love, by Michael Carr and Bunny Lewis
  • The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Composition: The Secrets of the Seine, written by Tony Osborne. Also nominated: Stranger on the Shore, by Acker Bilk
  • The Year’s Outstanding Original Jazz Composition: African Waltz, written by Galt Macdermot. Also nominated: Duddly Dell, by Dudley Moore
  • The Year’s Outstanding Score of a Musical Stage Play: Stop The World I Want to Get Off, written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
  • The Year’s Outstanding Composition in a Film, Radio Production or Television Programme: The Maigret Theme, written by Ron Grainer. Also nominated: The Avengers’ Theme, by Johnny Dankworth
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Ivor Novello Awards 1963

For the third year running, W.E. Butlin presented the eighth Ivor Novello ceremony, broadcast on BBC Television on 4th May 1963. The broadcast was introduced by Catherine Boyle and starred Acker Bilk, Matt Monro, The Tornados, Steve Race, Ron Grainer, Gordon Franks and Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

  • The Most Performed Work of the Year: Stranger on the Shore, written by Acker Bilk. Also nominated: Wonderful Land, by Jerry Lordan
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1962 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: Telstar, written by Joe Meek. Also nominated: Bachelor Boy, by Cliff Richard and Bruce Welch
  • The Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically: My Love and Devotion, written by Howard Barnes, Harold Fields and Joe Roncoroni. Also nominated: Jeannie, by Norman Newell and Russ Conway
  • The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral or Other Non-Vocal Composition: Nicola, written by Steve Race. Also nominated: Turkish Coffee, by Tony Osborne
  • The Year’s Outstanding Original Jazz Composition: Outbreak of Murder, written by Gordon Franks. Also nominated: Revival, by Joe Harriott
  • The Year’s Outstanding Score of a Musical: Summer Holiday, performed by Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Also nominated: Blitz, written by Lionel Bart
  • The Year’s Outstanding Composition in a Film, Radio Production or Television Programme: Steptoe and Son, written by Ron Grainer. Also nominated: March from A Little Suite, by Trevor Duncan
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to British Popular and Light Music: Lawrence Wright

Ivor Novello Awards 1964

As we now know, 1963 was the year when popular music changed for good, with The Beatles rising to fame. For the 1964 award ceremony, they evolved quickly, ditching most of the jazz instrumentals and switching to a heavy focus on the Fab Four.

  • The Most Broadcast Work of the Year: She Loves You, performed by The Beatles and written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also nominated: Dance One, by Elaine Murtagh, Valerie Murtagh and Ray Adams
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1963 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: She Loves You, by The Beatles. Also nominated: I Want To Hold Your Hand, same artist
  • The Year’s Outstanding Song: If I Ruled The World, written by Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel. Also nominated: All My Loving, by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • The Year’s Outstanding Orchestral / Instrumental Composition: Carlos’ Theme, written by Ivor Slaney. Also nominated: Scarlett O’Hara, by Jerry Lordan
  • The Year’s Outstanding Jazz Work: What the Dickens, written by Johnny Dankworth. Also nominated: Sweet September, by Bill McGuffie
  • The Year’s Outstanding Score of a Musical Show, For Stage, Cinema, Television or Radio: Theme from The Avengers, written by Johnny Dankworth. Also nominated: Half a Sixpence, by David Heneker
  • The Year’s Most Amusing or Novel Composition: Flash, Bang, Wallop, written by David Heneker. Also nominated: Harvest of Love, by Benny Hill and Tony Hatch
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to British Music: The Beatles and some additional hangers-on (Brian Epstein, George Harrison, John Lennon, George Martin, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr)
  • Special Award in Recognition of Fifty Years’ Service to the Music Industry: Performing Rights Society

Ivor Novello Awards 1965

The tenth ceremony, somewhat hilariously sponsored by Sir Billy Butlin (yes, him), took place on 13th July 1965 at the Savoy Hotel.

  • The Most Performed Work of the Year: Can’t Buy Me Love, performed by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also nominated: Hard Day’s Night
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1964 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: Can’t Buy Me Love. Also nominated: I Feel Fine, same artist
  • Outstanding Song of 1964: Downtown, written by Tony Hatch. Also nominated: Losing You, by Tom Springfield and Clive Westlake
  • The Year’s Outstanding Orchestral / Instrumental Composition: Bombay Duckling, written by Max Harris
  • The Year’s Outstanding Theme from Radio, TV or Film: Not So Much A Programme, More A Way Of Life, written by Caryl Brahms, Ron Grainer and Ned Sherrin. Also nominated: Hard Day’s Night
  • The Year’s Outstanding Score of a Stage Musical: Robert and Elizabeth, written by Ron Grainer and Ronald Millar. Also nominated: Maggie May, written by Lionel Bart
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to British Music: Paddy Roberts

Ivor Novello Awards 1966

The 1966 ceremony, also sponsored by Sir Billy Butlin, took place at the Hammersmith Palais, London, and was introduced by Brian Matthew with Joe Loss and His Orchestra. It was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 12th July 1966.

  • The Most Performed Work of the Year: I’ll Never Find Another You, written by Tom Springfield. Also nominated: March of the Mods, written by Tony Carr
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1965 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: We Can Work It Out, performed by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also nominated: Help
  • Outstanding Song of 1965: Yesterday, performed by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also nominated: Where Are You Now My Love, written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent
  • The Year’s Outstanding Beat Song: It’s Not Unusual, performed by Tom Jones, written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed. Also nominated: Look Through Any Window, by Graham Gouldman and Charles Silverman
  • The Year’s Outstanding Novelty Composition: A Windmill In Old Amsterdam, written by Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge. Also nominated: Mrs Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, written by Trevor Peacock
  • The Year’s Outstanding Score of a Stage Musical: Charlie Girl, written by David Heneker and John Taylor
  • The Year’s Outstanding Contemporary Folk Song: Catch the Wind, by Donovan
  • The Year’s Outstanding Instrumental Composition: March of the Mods, written by Tony Carr. Also nominated: The Kiss, by Jack Parnell
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to British Music: BBC TV, for the production of the series A Song For Europe

Ivor Novello Awards 1967

Still sponsored by Sir Billy Butlin, the twelfth ceremony took place at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, was introduced by Brian Matthew with Joe Loss and His Orchestra, and was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 27th March 1967.

  • The Most Performed Work of the Year: Michelle, performed by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also nominated: Yesterday
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1966 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: Yellow Submarine, performed by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also nominated: What Would I Be, written by Jackie Trent
  • Britain’s International Song of the Year: Winchester Cathedral, written by Geoff Stephens. Also nominated: Call Me, written by Tony Hatch
  • Film Song of the Year: Born Free, written by John Barry and Don Black. Also nominated: Time Drags By, performed by The Shadows, written by Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett and John Rostill
  • Novelty Song of the Year: Hev Yew Gotta Loight, Boy?, written by Allan Smethurst. Also nominated: Dedicated Follower of Fashion, written by Ray Davies
  • Instrumental Composition of the Year: The Power Game, written by Wayne Hill. Also nominated: Khartoum, written by Frank Cordell
  • Special Award for Outstanding Services to British Music: Joe Loss

Ivor Novello Awards 1968

For some reason, from 1968 onwards, history no longer seems to record the nominated but losing entries.

  • The Most Performed Work of the Year: Puppet on a String, written by Phil Coulter and Bill Martin
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1967 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: The Last Waltz, written by Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • Britain’s International Song of the Year: A Whiter Shade of Pale, performed by Procul Harum, written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid
  • Best British Song, Musically and Lyrically: She’s Leaving Home, performed by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Novelty Song of the Year: Grocer Jack, written by Keith West and Mark Wirtz
  • Best Instrumental Theme: Love in the Open Air, written by Paul McCartney
  • Special Award: Leslie Bricusse, for The Film Score Doctor Dolittle
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Alan Herbert

Ivor Novello Awards 1969

The fourteenth Ivor Novello Awards were sponsored by the BBC, and took place on 22nd May 1969.

  • The Most Performed Work of the Year: Congratulations, performed by Cliff Richard, written by Phil Coulter and Bill Martin
  • The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1968 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales: Hey Jude, performed by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Britain’s International Song of the Year: Delilah, written by Barry Mason and Les Reed
  • The Most Romantic Song of the Year: I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, written by Clive Westlake
  • Outstanding Dance / Beat Song of the Year: Build Me Up Buttercup, written by Michael D’Abo and Tony Macaulay
  • Novelty Song of the Year: I’m The Urban Spaceman, written by Neil Innes
  • Light Music Composition of the Year: Ring of Kerry, written by Peter Hope
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Andrew Gold (presented posthumously)

Further Reading

Ivor Novello Awards – The 1950s

In this series, we’ll roll all the way back to the mid-1950s, when the Ivor Novello Awards began. Check back every week or so to see a new decade!

Ivor Novello Awards 1956

The Ivor Novello Awards began on 11th March 1956 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

  • The Year’s Most Popular Song: Ev’rywhere, written by Tolchard Evans and Jack Fishman. Also nominated: A Blossom Fell, by Howard Barnes, Harold Cornelius and Dominic John
  • The Year’s Outstanding Popular Song: In Love For The Very First Time, by Paddy Roberts and Jack Woodman. Also nominated: Man In A Raincoat, by Warwick Webster
  • The Year’s Outstanding Comedy Song: Got’n Idea, by Paddy Roberts and Jack Woodman. Also nominated: The Income Tax Collector, by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
  • A Personal Special Award: Haydn Wood
  • The Year’s Most Effective Musical Play Score: Salad Days, by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade. Also nominated: The Water Gipsies, by Vivian Ellis and A.P. Herbert
  • The Year’s Outstanding ‘Swing’ Composition: Big City Suite, by Ralph Dollimore. Also nominated: Fanfare Boogie, by Max Kaye and Brian Fahey
  • The Year’s Outstanding Piece of Light Orchestral Music: The Dam Busters, by Eric Coates. Also nominated: John and Julie. by Philip Green
  • Outstanding Services in the Field of Popular Music: Jack Payne

Ivor Novello Awards 1957

The second ceremony was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 8th April 1957, with performances by The Stargazers, Harold Smart, Matt Monro, The Show Band Singers and Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra.

  • The Best Selling and Most Performed Song of the Year: My September Love, written by Tolchard Evans and Richard Mullan. Also nominated: Out of Town, by Leslie Bricusse and Robin Beaumont
  • Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically: By the Fountains of Rome, by Norman Newell and Mátyás Seiber. Also nominated: My Unfinished Symphony, by Milton Carson
  • The Year’s Outstanding Novelty Song: Nellie The Elephant, by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart. Also nominated: Lift Boy, by Ken Hare, Ron Goodwin and Dick James
  • The Year’s Outstanding Composition in ‘Rhythm’ Style: Itinerary of an Orchestra, by Johnny Dankworth and Dave Lindup. Also nominated: Experiments with Mice, by Johnny Dankworth
  • The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Composition: The Westminster Waltz, by Robert Farnon. Also nominated: Toyshop Ballet, by A.P. Mantovani
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  • The Year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Score of a Stage Play, Film, TV Programme or Radio Production: The March Hare, by Philip Green. Also nominated: You Are My First Love, by Paddy Roberts and Lester Powell
  • Outstanding Personal Services to Popular Music: A P Mantovani

Ivor Novello Awards 1958

  • The Best Selling and Most Performed Song of the Year: We Will Make Love, by Russ Hamilton. Also nominated: I’ll Find You, by Tolchard Evans and Richard Mullan
  • Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically: A Handful of Songs, by Lionel Bart, Michael Pratt and Tommy Steele. Also nominated: Your Love Is My Love, by Johnny Brandon
  • The Year’s Outstanding Novelty Song: Three Brothers, by Paddy Roberts. Also nominated: Water, Water, by Lionel Bart, Michael Pratt and Tommy Steele
  • The Year’s Outstanding Composition in ‘Rhythm’ Style: Overdrive, by Tommy Watt. Also nominated: Skiffling Strings, by Ron Goodwin
  • The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Composition: Elizabethan Serenade, by Ronald Binge. Also nominated: The Streets of Sorrento, by Tony Osborne
  • The Year’s Outstanding Score of a Stage Play, Film, TV Programme or Radio Production: Free As Air, by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade. Also nominated: The Tommy Steele Story, by Lionel Bart, Michael Pratt and Tommy Steele
  • Outstanding Personal Services to British Popular Music: Ted Heath

Ivor Novello Awards 1959

The fourth ceremony took place at the BBC Television Theatre, London on 25th May 1959, broadcast on BBC Television, with Eric Robinson conducting the Concert Orchestra, led by David McCallum.

  • The Best Selling and Most Performed Song of the Year: Trudie, written by Joe Henderson. Also nominated: You Need Hands, by Max Bygraves
  • Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically: The Wind Cannot Read, by Peter Hart There Goes My Lover, by Leonard Taylor and Harold Shaper
  • The Year’s Outstanding Novelty Song: I’m So Ashamed, by Ken Hare. Also nominated: The Army Game, by Pat Napper and Sid Colin
  • The Year’s Outstanding Composition in Jazz or Beat Idiom: The Colonel’s Tune, by Johnny Dankworth. Also nominated: Rock Bottom, by Tommy Watt and Jock Bain
  • The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Composition: Lingering Lovers, by Ron Goodwin. Also nominated: Melody From The Sea, by Donald Phillips
  • The Year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Score of a Stage Play, Film, TV Programme or Radio Production: Theme Music for ‘Inn of the Sixth Happiness’, by Malcolm Arnold. Also nominated: Josita, by Philip Green
  • Outstanding Services to British Popular Music: Billy Cotton

Further Reading

NME Poll Winners 1952-1992 (Part Two)

Finally, having worked through all the other categories, let’s take a look at the artist winners for the NME Polls from 1952 to 1992. As I mentioned last week, it’s hard to trace the winners of a particular category through time, so I’ve taken a few liberties. Essentially anything that seems to be roughly the same category has been treated as the same thing. Also, for the year ranges, there are a few missing years here and there, so for instance 1967-1970 could mean anything between 2 and 3 wins.

Best Newcomer

For thirty-five years, the NME Poll included a newcomer award, variously titled “World’s Most Promising New Name”, “Best New Group”, and various other things. It’s an amazing time capsule of new acts throughout the ages – who would have thought that Cliff Richard and The Stone Roses could appear on the same list?

Best New Artist

  • 1956 – Ronnie Scott
  • 1958 – Cliff Richard
  • 1959 – Craig Douglas
  • 1960 – Emile Ford
  • 1961 – John Leyton
  • 1962 – Frank Ifield
  • 1963 – Gerry Marsden
  • 1964 – Mick Jagger
  • 1965 – Seekers (group) & Donovan (solo)
  • 1966 – Spencer Davis Group (group) & Stevie Winwood (solo)
  • 1967 – Bee Gees (group) & Engelbert Humperdinck (solo)
  • 1968 – Love Affair (group & Mary Hopkins (solo)
  • 1970 – Jethro Tull
  • 1971 – McGuinness Flint (group) & Elton John (solo)
  • 1972 – New Seekers (group) & Rod Stewart (solo)
  • 1973 – Golden Earring (World) & Leo Sayer (British)
  • 1975 – Bad Company
  • 1976 – Eddie and the Hot Rods
  • 1977 – Tom Robinson
  • 1978 – Public Image Ltd.
  • 1979 – The Specials
  • 1980 – UB40
  • 1981 – Altered Images
  • 1983 – The Smiths
  • 1984 – Bronski Beat
  • 1985 – The Jesus and Mary Chain
  • 1986 – The Housemartins
  • 1987 – The Proclaimers
  • 1988 – The House of Love
  • 1989 – The Stone Roses
  • 1990 – The Charlatans
  • 1991 – Kingmaker
  • 1992 – Suede

Technical Categories

A lot of categories seem to have come and gone throughout the history of the awards to celebrate particular types of performer. Here are some of the highlights!

Musician of the Year

  • 1952 – Ronnie Scott
  • 1954 – Eric Delaney
  • 1957 – Eddie Calvert

Best Guitarist

  • 1954 – Bert Weedon
  • 1973 – Eric Clapton
  • 1976 – Jimmy Page
  • 1978 – Mick Jones
  • 1979-1982 – Paul Weller
  • 1983 – The Edge

Best Bassist

  • 1973, 1976 – Paul McCartney
  • 1978 – Jean Jacques Burnel
  • 1979-1982 – Bruce Foxton
  • 1983 – Peter Hook

Best Keyboardist/Electronics

  • 1973, 1976-1977 – Rick Wakeman
  • 1978-1981 – Dave Greenfield
  • 1982 – Vince Clarke
  • 1983 – Steve Nieve

Best Drummer

  • 1973, 1975 – Carl Palmer
  • 1976 – John Bonham
  • 1977 – Paul Cook
  • 1978 – Keith Moon
  • 1979-1982 – Rick Buckler
  • 1983 – Budgie

Best Instrumentalist

  • 1962-1963 – Jet Harris
  • 1973 – Roy Wood
  • 1975-1977 – Mike Oldfield
  • 1981 – Saxa
  • 1982 – The Emerald Express, Violin
  • 1983 – The TKO Horns
  • 1985 – Johnny Marr

Best Producer

  • 1973 – David Bowie
  • 1975 – Eddie Offord

Best Songwriter/Composer

  • 1973 – Elton John / Bernie Taupin
  • 1976 – Bob Dylan
  • 1978 – Elvis Costello
  • 1979-1982 – Paul Weller
  • 1983 – Elvis Costello
  • 1984-1985 – Morrissey / Johnny Marr

Best Solo Artist

Curiously, the solo artist categories were for the longest time broken up into “world”, “British”, and even “US” for a while.

Best Female Singer

  • 1952-1954 – Lita Roza
  • 1957 – Ruby Murray
  • 1958 – Alma Cogan
  • 1959-1961 – Connie Francis
  • 1962-1964 – Brenda Lee
  • 1965-1967 – Dusty Springfield
  • 1968 – Lulu
  • 1970 – Dusty Springfield
  • 1971-1973 – Diana Ross
  • 1975 – Joni Mitchell
  • 1976 – Linda Ronstadt
  • 1977 – Julie Covington
  • 1978 – Debbie Harry
  • 1979 – Kate Bush
  • 1981-1983 – Siouxsie Sioux
  • 1984-1986 – Elizabeth Fraser
  • 1987 – Suzanne Vega

Best British Female Singer

  • 1955, 1957 – Alma Cogan
  • 1959-1960 – Shirley Bassey
  • 1961-1962 – Helen Shapiro
  • 1963 – Kathy Kirby
  • 1964-1966 – Dusty Springfield
  • 1968, 1970 – Lulu
  • 1971-1972 – Cilla Black
  • 1973 – Maggie Bell
  • 1975 – Kiki Dee

Best US Female Singer

  • 1955-1957 – Doris Day
  • 1958 – Connie Francis

Best Male Singer

  • 1952-1954 – Dickie Valentine
  • 1955 – Frank Sinatra
  • 1956 – Dickie Valentine
  • 1958 – Frankie Vaughan
  • 1959-1962 – Elvis Presley
  • 1963 – Cliff Richard
  • 1964-1972 – Elvis Presley
  • 1973 – David Bowie
  • 1975-1976 – Robert Plant
  • 1977-1978 – David Bowie
  • 1979 – Sting
  • 1980 – Paul Weller
  • 1981 – David Bowie
  • 1982 – Paul Weller
  • 1983 – David Bowie
  • 1984 – Bono
  • 1985-1992 – Morrissey

Best British Male Singer

  • 1955, 1957 – Dickie Valentine
  • 1959-1967 – Cliff Richard
  • 1968-1970 – Tom Jones
  • 1971-1972 – Cliff Richard
  • 1973 – David Bowie
  • 1975 – Paul Rodgers

Best US Male Singer

  • 1955-1956 – Frank Sinatra
  • 1957 – Pat Boone
  • 1958 – Elvis Presley

Outstanding Popular Singer

  • 1955 – Frank Sinatra
  • 1957 – Pat Boone
  • 1958 – Elvis Presley

Best Instrumental Personality

  • 1958 – Eddie Calvert
  • 1959-1960 – Russ Conway
  • 1961 – Bert Weedon

Best Musical Personality

  • 1955 – Bill Haley
  • 1956 – Dickie Valentine
  • 1957-1959 – Elvis Presley
  • 1960 – Duane Eddy
  • 1961-1972 – Elvis Presley

Best British Musical Personality

  • 1956 – Dickie Valentine
  • 1957 – Tommy Steele
  • 1958-1959 – Frankie Vaughan
  • 1960 – Lonnie Donegan
  • 1961 – Adam Faith
  • 1962-1963 – Joe Brown
  • 1964 – Cliff Richard
  • 1965 – John Lennon
  • 1966-1972 – Cliff Richard

Genre-Specific Categories

These are just a selection of the categories that relate to a particular genre of music.

Best Soul / Funk Act

  • 1973, 1975 – Stevie Wonder
  • 1984 – Womack & Womack
  • 1985 – Cameo

Best Reggae Act

  • 1984 – Smiley Culture
  • 1985 – UB40

Best R&B / Blues Act

  • 1964-1965 – The Rolling Stones
  • 1966 – Spencer Davis Group
  • 1967-1968 – The Rolling Stones
  • 1970 – Fleetwood Mac

Best Traditional Jazz Act

  • 1961 – Acker Bilk
  • 1962-1963 – Kenny Ball

Best Group

Finally, we reach the categories for best group – of which there are a few.

Best Group

  • 1954 – Stargazers
  • 1955 – Four Aces
  • 1956 – Stargazers
  • 1957 – The Platters
  • 1958-1962 – Everly Brothers
  • 1963-1965 – The Beatles
  • 1966 – The Beach Boys
  • 1967-1970 – The Beatles
  • 1971 – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 1972 – T. Rex
  • 1973 – Yes
  • 1975 – Roxy Music
  • 1976 – Led Zeppelin
  • 1977 – Sex Pistols
  • 1978 – The Clash
  • 1979-1982 – The Jam
  • 1983 – New Order
  • 1984-1987 – The Smiths
  • 1988 – The Wedding Present
  • 1989 – The Stone Roses
  • 1990 – Happy Mondays
  • 1991-1992 – R.E.M.

Best British Group

  • 1955 – Stargazers
  • 1957 – King Brothers
  • 1958-1959 – The Mudlarks
  • 1960 – King Brothers
  • 1961-1962 – The Springfields
  • 1963-1971 – The Beatles
  • 1972 – T. Rex
  • 1973 – Yes

Best British Small Band

  • 1952 – Johnny Dankworth Seven
  • 1954 – Ronnie Scott and His Orchestra
  • 1955-1957 – The Kirchins
  • 1958-1959 – Lonnie Donegan
  • 1960-1963 – The Shadows

Best British Large Band or Orchestra

  • 1952-1961 – Ted Heath and His Music
  • 1962-1963 – Joe Loss

Best British Instrumental Unit

  • 1964-1971 – The Shadows
  • 1972 – Collective Consciousness Society

Best Live Act

  • 1973 – Alice Cooper (World) & Genesis (British)
  • 1975 – Genesis
  • 1982 – The Jam
  • 1985 – The Pogues

That’s it for now – we’ll continue our journey through the NME Awards soon.

NME Poll Winners – The 1950s

The jazz newspaper New Musical Express launched in 1952, a jazz newspaper which grew from the ashes of the Accordion Times and Musical Express. In mid-November, it famously launched the UK’s first singles chart, a top twelve.

I think they launched the NME Poll in 1952, with the poll winners’ party a couple of months later, but honestly NME’s own timeline on their website is a bit sketchy. I’ve done my best to make sense of it, but I’m not sure I fully understand it!

1952

The party for the 1952 awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall, 19 April 1953, presented by Scott Brady and Mary Castle.

  • Dance Band: Ted Heath and His Music
  • Female Vocalist: Lita Roza
  • Outstanding Musician: Ronnie Scott
  • Small Band: Johnny Dankworth Seven
  • Male Vocalist: Dickie Valentine

1953

Held at the Royal Albert Hall, 25 April 1954, presented by Nat ‘King’ Cole. I believe the NME article actually unintentionally omits the 1954 results.

1954

Held at the Royal Albert Hall, 14 February 1955, presented by Nigel Patrick.

  • Large Band: Ted Heath and His Music
  • Male Vocalist: Dickie Valentine
  • Small Band: Ronnie Scott and His Orchestra
  • Female Vocalist: Lita Roza
  • Musician of the Year: Eric Delaney
  • Vibraphone Player: Victor Feldman
  • Piano Player: Bill McGuffie
  • Trumpet Player: Kenny Baker
  • Vocal Group: Stargazers
  • Alto Sax Player: Johnny Dankworth
  • Bass Player: Johnny Hawksworth
  • Clarinet Player: [illegible] – NME website says Carl Barriteau, but this is an error
  • Baritone Sax Player: Harry Klein
  • Trombone Player: Don Lusher
  • Arranger: Reg Owen
  • Tenor Sax Player: Tommy Whittle
  • Guitar Player: Bert Weedon
  • Outstanding Drummer: [illegible] – NME website says Jack Parnell, but this is an error
  • Band You Would Most Like To See At The NME Pollwinners’ Concert: Johnny Dankworth’s Orchestra

These results are listed in the 1954 article on the NME website but a scan on the 1955 page, so this is the 1954 poll, for which the party would have been in early 1955.

1955

Held at the Royal Albert Hall, 29 January 1956.

  • Outstanding American Feminine Singer: Doris Day
  • The World’s Outstanding Musical Personality: Bill Haley
  • Top Male Singer: Dickie Valentine
  • Outstanding American Male Singer: Frank Sinatra
  • Outstanding British Musical Personality: Dickie Valentine
  • World’s Outstanding Singer: Frank Sinatra
  • Outstanding British Feminine Singer: Alma Cogan
  • Outstanding British Male Singer: Dickie Valentine
  • World’s Outstanding Vocal Group: Four Aces
  • Large Band Section: Ted Heath and His Music
  • Favourite Disc Jockey: Jack Jackson
  • Small Bands: The Kirchins
  • British Vocal Group: Stargazers

Dickie Valentine and Alma Cogan both had their commercial peak was in 1955, so this is the 1955 poll, for which the party would have been in early 1956.

1956

Held at the Royal Albert Hall, early February 1957, presented by John Gregson.

  • Large Band: Ted Heath
  • Small Band: The Kirchins
  • Musician Of The Year: Eddie Calvert
  • Favourite American Singer- Female: Doris Day
  • Favourite American Singer- Male: Frank Sinatra
  • Female Dance Band Vocalist: Rose Brennan
  • Male Solo Singing Star: Dickie Valentine
  • Female Solo Singing Star: Ruby Murray
  • Favourite Musical Personality: Dickie Valentine
  • Most Promising New Band: Ronnie Scott
  • Vocal Group: Stargazers
  • Male Dance Band Vocalist: Robbie Britton
  • Outstanding Popular Singer In The World: Frank Sinatra

The correct date for this one is harder to judge, but Eddie Calvert had three hits in 1956 and only one the following year, so I believe this is the 1956 poll, for which the party would have been in early 1957.

1957

Held at the Royal Albert Hall, presented by Tony Wright and Roger Moore.

  • Favourite American Female Singer: Doris Day
  • World’s Outstanding Popular Singer: Pat Boone
  • Favourite American Male Singer: Pat Boone
  • Favourite British Female Singer: Alma Cogan
  • World’s Outstanding Vocal Group: The Platters
  • British Large Bands: Ted Heath
  • Favourite British Male Singer: Dickie Valentine
  • British Musical Personality: Tommy Steele
  • World’s Outstanding Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
  • British Vocal Groups: King Brothers
  • British Disc Jockey: Jack Jackson
  • Small Groups (Skiffle): Lonnie Donegan
  • Small Groups (Traditional) : Chris Barber
  • Small Groups (Modern Jazz): Tony Kinsey

Connie Francis‘s commercial peak was in 1957, and that was Cliff Richard‘s first year of hits, so this is the 1957 poll, for which the party would have been in early 1958.

1958

Held at the Royal Albert Hall, presented by Pete Murray.

  • Favourite US Female Singer: Connie Francis
  • World’s Outstanding Popular Singer: Elvis Presley
  • Favourite US Male Singer: Elvis Presley
  • World’s Outstanding Vocal Group: Everly Brothers
  • World’s Outstanding Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
  • Outstanding Vocal Personality: Frankie Vaughan
  • Favourite Male Singer: Frankie Vaughan
  • Small Group: Lonnie Donegan
  • Favourite Female Singer: Alma Cogan
  • Vocal Group: Mudlarks
  • Outstanding Instrumental Personality: Eddie Calvert
  • Large Band: Ted Heath
  • Favourite New Singer (Under 21): Cliff Richard
  • Favourite Disc Jockey: Pete Murray

Connie Francis‘s commercial peak was in 1958, and that was Cliff Richard‘s first year of hits, so this is the 1958 poll, for which the party would have been in early 1959.

1959

Held at Wembley’s Empire Bowl.

  • World’s Outstanding Male Singer: Elvis Presley
  • World’s Outstanding Female Singer: Connie Francis
  • World’s Outstanding Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
  • World’s Outstanding Vocal Group: Everly Brothers
  • Favourite British Male Singer: Cliff Richard
  • Favourite British Female Singer: Shirley Bassey
  • Favourite British Vocal Group: The Mudlarks
  • Favourite British Vocal Personality: Frankie Vaughan
  • Favourite British Instrumentalist: Russ Conway
  • Favourite British Large Band or Orchestra: Ted Heath
  • Favourite British Small Group: Lonnie Donegan
  • Favourite British Disc Jockey: Pete Murray
  • Favourite British New Disc or TV singer: Craig Douglas
  • Favourite British Disc of Year: Cliff Richard, for Living Doll
  • Favourite British Artist for Poll Concert: Marty Wilde

Living Doll was first released in July 1959, so this is the 1959 poll, for which the party would have been in early 1960.

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