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.
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
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.
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.
- British Rock & Pop Awards 1982-1984
- BFI record for the BBC1 broadcast
- BBC Genome record for the BBC1 broadcast
- BBC Genome record for the BBC Radio 1 broadcast
- BBC Genome record for further BBC Radio 1 coverage
- Radio Times article from 16-24 February 1984 (shared by Henrique Reikdal)
- Images of Paul McCartney from the awards ceremony