The British Rock & Pop Awards 1980

The 1980 ceremony was held on 24th February 1981, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was presented again by Dave Lee Travis. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 1, with commentary from Andy Peebles. A full recording of the audio is available online here, and the introduction of the TV coverage is here:

Best Album

Winner: The Police, for Zenyatta Mondatta

Best Group or Band

Winner: The Police

Best Female Singer

Presented by Mickie Most. Winner: Sheena Easton

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Presented by Una Stubbs. Winner: Cliff Richard

Best Single

Presented by Suzi Quattro. Winner: The Jam, for Going Underground

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

Presented by Sue Lawley. Winner: The Nolans

Best Male Singer

Presented by Lulu. Nominees included:

  • Gary Numan
  • Cliff Richard
  • Paul McCartney
  • David Bowie

Winner: David Bowie

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

Presented by Mike Read. Winner: John Lennon, and accepted by Yoko Ono

Further Details

Showaddywaddy were listed as having been “in attendance”. There was also a suggestion that Ultravox may have won a video award for Passing Strangers, but this appears not to have been true.

Performances

  • Adam and the Ants
  • Madness
  • Hazel O’Connor
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra

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The British Rock & Pop Awards 1979

The 1979 ceremony was held on 26th February 1980, to celebrate the music of the preceding year. It was simulcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 1, and took place again at the Café Royal, London. It was presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Lawley, with commentary by Mike Read on the Radio 1 broadcast.

Best Female Singer

Winner: Kate Bush

Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality

Winner: Paul McCartney

Best Group or Band

Winner: The Police

Best Male Singer

Winner: Gary Numan

Best Album

Presented by Rick Wakeman, with remote help from Anne Nightingale.

Winner: The Police, for Regatta de Blanc

Best Single

Winner: Boomtown Rats, for I Don’t Like Mondays

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

Presented by John Peel.

Winner: Jerry Dammers with Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music for his work with The Specials

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

Winner: unknown

Further Details

Presenters included Barron KnightsKate BushMarianne FaithfullAndy Gibb, and Leo Sayer, and possibly also Thereza Bazar of Dollar.

It was reported the following year that Gary Numan supposedly won “multiple awards”, which may tell us that he won the All-Round Family Appeal award, but we can’t tell that for sure.

Performances

Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra performed the music again, with Apollo performing dance routines.

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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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British Rock & Pop Awards 1979-1981

From 1982 (confusingly the 1981 ceremony thanks to the year numbering) onwards, the British Rock & Pop Awards were happening concurrently with the British Record Industry Awards (later the BPI Awards, and even later the BRIT Awards).

1979

The awards for 1979 seem to have taken place on 26th February 1980. Simulcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 1, and again at the Café Royal, London (see BFI record). Presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Lawley. Awards included:

  • Best Single
  • Best Album
  • Best Male Singer
  • Best Female Singer
  • Best Group or Band
  • Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music
  • Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality
  • Nationwide Golden Award for the artist or group with the most all-round family appeal

Presenters included Barron KnightsKate BushMarianne FaithfullAndy Gibb, and Leo Sayer.

Rick Wakeman presented The Police with the Best Album award for Regatta de Blanc.

Kate Bush seems to have either won Best Female Singer for a second year running, or the previous entry was an error (see here). Paul McCartney won the Daily Mirror Readers’ Award.

Dave Lee Travis introduced John Peel to present Jerry Dammers with Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music for his work with The Specials. Apparently Gary Numan also won “multiple awards” (see video entry for next year).

1980

Again presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Lawley (see BFI record here) on 24th February 1981. This entry on a Wikipedia talk page is largely apocryphal, but mentions The Jam winning the Best Single Award for Going Underground, which is mentioned in more detail here.

Best Male Singer nominees included:

  • Gary Numan
  • Cliff Richard
  • Paul McCartney
  • David Bowie

Winner: David Bowie. Presented by Lulu. See also image here and entry here. There’s an alternative recording of the video here.

Ultravox were nominated for Best Video for Passing Strangers, but failed to win.

Showaddywaddy were also in attendance according to this page, and MadnessAdam and the Ants, Hazel O’ConnorHot ChocolateMadness, and Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra all performed (see here).

1981

The 1981 ceremony took place on 8th February 1982 at the Lyceum, London, and were presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Cook (see BFI record).

Ultravox won the Best Single award for Vienna (see here). Toyah Willcox won the Best Female Singer award (see Daily Mirror article here and record company coverage here, but note that her IMDB biography is incorrect). She also performed I Want to Be Free:

Shakin’ Stevens also won the Best Male Singer award (see here), while Duran Duran were nominated for Best Newcomer, and performed Girls on Film and My Own Way (see here). Bananarama performed Shy Boy (see here).

If you would like to see the comparison, the 1982 BRIT Awards are covered here.

This series will continue next week with 1982.