The BPI Awards 1988

On February 8th 1988, Noel Edmonds once again presented the BPI Awards (the last show by that name) at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Apparently TV viewers didn’t get to see Rick Astley collecting his awards, which must have been a very great shame indeed.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1987 ceremony here, and the 1989 ceremony here.

Best British Album

Nominees:

  • George Michael – Faith
  • Pet Shop Boys – Actually
  • Sting – Nothing Like the Sun
  • Swing Out Sisters – It’s Better to Travel
  • T’Pau – Bridge of Spies

Winner: Sting

Best British Female

Presented by Chris de Burgh. Nominees:

  • Kate Bush
  • Samantha Fox
  • Alison Moyet
  • Sinitta
  • Kim Wilde

Winner: Alison Moyet

Best British Group

Presented by Eddy Grant. Nominees:

  • The Bee Gees
  • Def Leppard
  • Level 42
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Whitesnake

Winner: Pet Shop Boys

Best British Male

Nominees:

  • Rick Astley
  • George Michael
  • Chris Rea
  • Cliff Richard
  • Steve Winwood

Winner: George Michael

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1 and readers of Radio Times. Presented by Mike Smith. First round nominees:

  • Rick Astley
  • Black
  • The Christians
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat
  • Johnny Hates Jazz
  • Living in a Box
  • Mel and Kim
  • Pepsi and Shirlie
  • The Proclaimers
  • Swing Out Sisters
  • T’Pau
  • Wet Wet Wet

Second round nominees:

  • Rick Astley
  • The Christians
  • Johnny Hates Jazz
  • T’Pau
  • Wet Wet Wet

Winner: Wet Wet Wet

Best British Producer

Presented by Trevor Horn. Nominees:

  • Brian Eno
  • Julian Mendelsohn
  • Paul O’Duffy
  • Stock, Aitken and Waterman
  • Alan Tarney

Winner: Stock, Aitken and Waterman

Best British Single

Nominees:

  • Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Bananarama – Love in the First Degree
  • MARRS – Pump Up the Volume
  • Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin
  • T’Pau – China in Your Hands

Winner: Rick Astley

Best British Video

Presented by Gary Davies.

Winner: New Order – True Faith

Best Classical Recording

Presented by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nominees:

  • Andrew Davies – The Mask of Time – Tippet
  • Vernon Handley – Symphony No 5 – Vaughan
  • Roger Norrington – Symphonies 2 and 8
  • Simon Rattle – Symphony No 2 – Mahler
  • Bryden Thomson – Piano Concertos 1 and 2

Winner: Vernon Handley

Best International Group

Presented by Paul Young. Nominees:

  • Bon Jovi
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Heart
  • Los Lobos
  • U2

Winner: U2

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Wayne Mailloux. Nominees:

  • Beastie Boys
  • Terence Trent D’Arby
  • LL Cool J
  • Los Lobos
  • Bruce Willis

Winner: Terence Trent D’Arby

Best International Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Whitney Houston
  • Madonna
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince
  • Luther Vandross

Winner: Michael Jackson

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Presented by The Bee Gees. Nominees:

  • Los Lobos / Various Artists – La Bamba
  • Original Cast Recording – Follies
  • Original Cast Recording – Les Miserables
  • Original Cast Recording – Phantom of the Opera
  • Various Artists – Dirty Dancing

Winner: Phantom of the Opera

Outstanding Contribution

Winner: The Who

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BPI Awards 1987

The next year of the BRIT Awards that we’ll examine in detail is 1987. Let’s set the scene. It’s February 9th of that year, and Jonathan King is standing at the front of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Whether or not you believe the tabloids, he may or may not have also been at the height of his more lurid period as well.

But we wouldn’t find out about that for a long time, and obnoxious as he may be, there didn’t seem to be a lot of truth in those accusations anyway. So anyway, without further ado, let’s open the ceremony…

Best British Album

Presented by Robert Plant and one of the most incredible hairdos I’ve ever seen! Nominees:

  • Peter Gabriel – So
  • The Housemartins – London 0 Hull 4
  • Simply Red – Picture Book
  • Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
  • Five Star – Silk and Steel

Winner: Dire Straits.

Best British Producer

Nominees:

  • Pip Williams
  • Trevor Horn
  • Hugh Padgham
  • David A. Stewart
  • Stock Aitken Waterman

Video here, mainly consisting of George Martin banging on about recording studios.

Winner: Dave Stewart.

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Mike Read.

Winner: The Housemartins.

Best International Solo Artist

Presented by Deborah Harry. Nominees:

  • Madonna
  • Whitney Houston
  • Paul Simon
  • Anita Baker
  • Bruce Springsteen

Winner: Paul Simon.

Best International Group

Presented by Luther Vandross. Nominees:

  • Bon Jovi
  • A-ha
  • The Bangles
  • Huey Lewis & The News
  • Cameo

Winner: The Bangles.

Best Classical Recording

Presented by a moderately small Aled Jones. Nominees:

  • Maris Jansons – Symphony No 1
  • Julian Lloyd Webber – Cello Concerto – Elgar
  • Nigel Kennedy – 1944 Sonata for Solo Violin
  • Luciano Pavarotti – The Pavarotti Collection
  • André Previn – Symphony No 1 – Elgar

Winner: Julian Lloyd Webber.

Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Nominees:

  • A Room with a View (Richard Robbins)
  • Absolute Beginners (various artists)
  • Out of Africa (John Barry)
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Andy Summers / various artists)
  • Top Gun (various artists)

Winner: Top Gun, accepted by Charles Dance on behalf of Kenny Loggins.

Best British Group

Nominees:

  • Eurythmics
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Simply Red
  • Five Star
  • Dire Straits

I know what you’re thinking – “the only thing worse than Simply Red winning would be if it was Five Star.” I agree.

Longer video here, in which Jonathan King asks some very toothy and hairy eighties people what they thing should have won.

Winner: Five Star.

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Ray Davis. Nominees:

  • Jaki Graham
  • Sade
  • Kim Wilde
  • Joan Armatrading
  • Kate Bush

Winner: Kate Bush.

Best British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Kate Bush. Nominees:

  • Billy Ocean
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Robert Palmer
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Phil Collins

Winner: Peter Gabriel.

Best British Single

Presented by Boy George. Nominees:

  • Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
  • The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
  • Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
  • Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  • Chris de Burgh – Lady In Red

Winner – Pet Shop Boys.

Best British Video

Winner: Peter Gabriel for Sledgehammer.

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Rob Dickins.

Winner: Eric Clapton.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed numerous videos that are no longer available (13 August 2017).