Ivor Novello Awards – The 1980s

After drifting off the rails somewhat in the 1970s, the Ivor Novello Awards started to go back to being about songwriting in the 1980s. Although they still seemed a little more obsessed with Bucks Fizz and Cliff Richard than is really healthy.

Ivor Novello Awards 1980

Grosvenor House, London, hosted the 25th Ivor Novello Award ceremony.

  • The Best Song Musically and Lyrically: The Logical Song, performed by Supertramp, written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson. Also nominated: Bright Eyes, performed by Art Garfunkel, written by Mike BattWe Don’t Talk Anymore, performed by Cliff Richard, written by Alan Tarney
  • The Best Pop Song: I Don’t Like Mondays, performed by The Boomtown Rats, written by Bob Geldof. Also nominated: Video Killed the Radio Star, performed by Buggles, written by Bruce Woolley, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes; Off the Wall, performed by Michael Jackson, written by Rodney Temperton
  • The Best Theme from a Radio or Television Production: Nunc Dimittis, written by Geoffrey Burgon. Also nominated: Secret Army, written by Robert FarnonShoestring, written by George Fenton
  • The Best Film Song, Theme or Score: Caravans, written by Mike Batt. Also nominated: Music Machine, written by Leslie Hurdle and Frank RicottiYanks, written by Richard Rodney Bennett
  • The Outstanding British Lyric: I Don’t Like Mondays. Also nominated: He Was Beautiful, performed by Iris Williams, written by Cleo LaineBright Eyes
  • The Best Instrumental or Popular Orchestral Work: War of the Worlds, written by Jeff Wayne and Gary Osborne. Also nominated: The Valley of Swords, written by Mike BattAfrican Sanctus, written by David Fanshawe
  • The International Hit of the Year: We Don’t Talk Anymore, performed by Cliff Richard, written by Alan Tarney. Also nominated: Too Much Heaven, performed by Bee Gees, written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice GibbI Don’t Like Mondays
  • The Most Performed Work: Bright Eyes. Also nominated: We Don’t Talk Anymore; Cavatina, performed by John Williams, written by Stanley Myers
  • The Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Bright Eyes. Also nominated: I Don’t Like MondaysAnother Brick in the Wall (Part 2), performed by Pink Floyd, written by Roger Waters
  • The Best British Musical: Songbook, written by Monty Norman and Julian More. Also nominated: A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine, written by Dick Vosburgh and Frank Lazarus
  • Award for Outstanding Services to British Music: Robert Mayer
  • Songwriter of the Year: Ben Findon
  • Special Award for International Achievement: Paul McCartney
  • Special Award for Lifetime Achievement: Edgar Yipsel Harburg and Jimmy Kennedy

Ivor Novello Awards 1981

The 26th Ivor Novello Awards were held at Grosvenor House, London.

  • The Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Woman in Love, performed by Barbara Streisand, written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb. Also nominated: Babooshka, written by Kate BushTogether We Are Beautiful, performed by Fern Kinney, written by Ken LerayYour Ears Should be Burning Now, performed by Marti Webb, written by Tony Macaulay and Don Black
  • The Best Pop Song: Stop the Cavalry, written by Jona Lewie. Also nominated: Don’t Stand So Close to Me, performed by The Police, written by StingWhat You’re Proposing, performed by Status Quo, written by Francis Rossi and Bernard Frost
  • The Best Theme from a Television or Radio Production: I Could Be So Good for You, written by Gerard Kenny and Patricia Waterman. Also nominated: Fox, written by George FentonJuliet Bravo, written by J.S. Bach and arranged by Derek Goom
  • The Best Film Song, Theme or Score: Xanadu, written by Jeff Lynne. Also nominated: Flash, written by Brian MaySilver Dream Machine, written by David Essex
  • The Outstanding British Lyric: Take That Look Off Your Face, performed by Marti Webb, written by Don Black. Also nominated: Stop the Cavalry, written by Jona LewieWoman in Love, performed by Barbara Streisand, written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • The International Hit of the Year: Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2). Also nominated: Woman in LoveAnother One Bites the Dust, performed by Queen, written by John Deacon
  • The Most Performed Work: Together We Are Beautiful. Also nominated: January, February, performed by Barbara Dickson, written by Alan TarneyI’m In The Mood for Dancing, performed by The Nolan Sisters, written by Ben Findon, Michael Myers and Robert Puzey
  • The Best Selling ‘A’ Side: There’s No One Quite Like Grandma, performed by St. Winifred’s School Choir, written by Gordon Lorenz. Also nominated: Woman in LoveDon’t Stand So Close to Me
  • Award for Outstanding Services to British Music: William Walton
  • Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music: John Lennon
  • Songwriter of the Year: Ben Findon

Ivor Novello Awards 1982

The 27th Ivor Novello Awards were held at Grosvenor House, London.

  • The Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Memory, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, T.S. Eliot and Trevor Nunn. Also nominated: Woman, written by John LennonThe Land of Make Believe, performed by Bucks Fizz, written by Andy Hill and Pete Sinfield
  • The Best Pop Song: Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, performed by The Police, written by Sting. Also nominated: Don’t You Want Me, performed by The Human League, written by Phil Oakey, Adrian Wright and Jo Callis; Wired for Sound, performed by Cliff Richard, written by Alan Tarney and BA Robertson
  • The Best Theme from a Television or Radio Production: Brideshead Revisited, written by Geoffrey Burgon. Also nominated: Flame Trees of Thika, written by Ken Howard and Alan BlaikleyShillingbury Tales, written by Ed Welch
  • The Best Film Theme or Song: The French Lieutenant’s Woman, written by Carl Davis. Also nominated: Without Your Love, written by Billy Nicholls; For Your Eyes Only, written by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson
  • The Outstanding British Lyric: Woman. Also nominated: The One That You Love, performed by Air Supply, written by Graham Russell; When He Shines, performed by Sheena Easton, written by Florrie Palmer and Dominic Bugatti
  • The Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Stand and Deliver, performed by Adam and the Ants, written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni. Also nominated: Vienna, performed by Ultravox, written by Billy Currie, Chris Cross, Warren Cann and Midge UreDon’t You Want Me
  • The International Hit of the Year: In the Air Tonight, written by Phil Collins. Also nominated: (Just Like) Starting Over, written by John Lennon; Woman in Love; Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
  • The Most Performed Work: You Drive Me Crazy, performed by Shakin’ Stevens, written by Ronnie Harwood. Also nominated: Woman
  • Award for Outstanding Services to British Music: Lennox Berkeley
  • The Best British Musical: Cats, written by: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn
  • Songwriters of the Year: Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni
  • Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Kenney Jones, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend

Ivor Novello Awards 1983

The 28th Ivor Novello Awards were held at Grosvenor House, London.

  • The Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Have You Ever Been in Love, written by Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield and John Danter. Also nominated: Now Those Days Are Gone, performed by Bucks Fizz, written by Andy Hill and Nichola Martin; Heartbreaker, performed by Bee Gees, written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • The Best Pop Song: Our House, performed by Madness, written by Carl Smyth and Chris Foreman. Also nominated: I Don’t Wanna Dance, written by Eddy Grant; Come On Eileen, performed by Dexys Midnight Runners, written by Kevin Rowland, Kevin Adams and James Paterson
  • The Best Theme from a Television or Radio Production: Theme From Harry’s Game, composed by Paul Brennan. Also nominated: Omnibus, composed by George Fenton; Smiley’s People, composed by Patrick Gowers
  • The Best Film Theme or Song: For All Mankind, composed by Ravi Shankar and George Fenton. Also nominated: Time and Tide, composed by Alan Price; Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
  • The Outstanding British Lyric: Private Investigations, performed by Dire Straits, written by Mark Knopfler. Also nominated: The Dreaming, written by Kate Bush; Have You Ever Been in Love
  • The Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Come On Eileen. Also nominated: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, performed by Culture Club, written by Boy George, Michael Craig, John Moss and Roy Hay; Ebony and Ivory, written by Paul McCartney and performed with Stevie Wonder
  • The International Hit of the Year: Ebony and Ivory. Also nominated: Heartbreaker; Don’t You Want Me
  • The Most Performed Work: Golden Brown, performed by The Stranglers, written by Jean J. Burnell, Hugh Cornwell, Jet Black and David Greenfield. Also nominated: Oh Julie, written by Shakin’ Stevens; Love Plus One, performed by Haircut 100, written by Nick Heyward
  • The Best British Musical: Windy City, written by: Tony Macaulay and Dick Vosburgh
  • Lifetime Achievement in British Music: Vivian Ellis
  • Songwriter of the Year: Andy Hill
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford
  • Special Award for 25 Years In The Music Business: Brian Bennett, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch

Ivor Novello Awards 1984

The 29th Ivor Novello Awards were held at Grosvenor House, London.

  • The Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Every Breath You Take, performed by The Police, written by Sting. Also nominated: Pipes of Peace, written by Paul McCartney; True, performed by Spandau Ballet, written by Gary Kemp
  • The Best Pop Song: Karma Chameleon, performed by Culture Club, written by Boy George, John Moss, Michael Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett. Also nominated: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), performed by Eurythmics, written by Annie Lennox and Dave StewartThriller, performed by Michael Jackson, written by Rod Temperton
  • The Best Rock Song: Let’s Dance, written by David Bowie. Also nominated: Every Breath You TakeOwner of a Lonely Heart, performed by Yes, written by Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Trevor Horn
  • The Best Theme from a TV or Radio Production: That’s Livin’ Alright, composed by David Mackay and Ken Ashby. Also nominated: The Late Late Breakfast Show, composed by Gary Kemp; Partners in Crime, composed by Joseph Horovitz
  • The Best Film Theme or Song: Going Home, written by Mark Knopfler. Also nominated: Walking in the Air, written by Howard BlakeAll Time High, written by Tim Rice and John Barry
  • The Best British Musical: Blood Brothers, written by Willie Russell. Also nominated: Poppy, written by Pete Nichols and Monty NormanMr Cinders, written by Clifford Grey, Greatrex Newman, Leo Robin, Vivian Ellis and Richard Myers
  • The Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Karma Chameleon. Also nominated: Only You, performed by Yazoo, written by Vince Clarke; Let’s Dance, written by David Bowie
  • The Most Performed Work: Every Breath You Take. Also nominated: Karma ChameleonMoonlight Shadow, written by Mike Oldfield
  • The International Hit of the Year: Let’s Dance, written by David Bowie. Also nominated: Every Breath You TakeKarma Chameleon
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Songwriters of the Year: Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Andy Brown, Peter Kircher, Alan Lancaster, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi

Ivor Novello Awards 1985

The 30th Ivor Novello Awards were held at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Contemporary Song: Two Tribes, performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, written by Holly Johnson, Peter Gill and Mark O’Toole. Also nominated: I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, written by Nik Kershaw; Relax, performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, written by Holly Johnson, Peter Gill and Mark O’Toole
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), written by Phil Collins. Also nominated: Careless Whisper, performed by Wham!, written by George Michael and Andrew RidgeleyI Should have Known Better, written by Jim Diamond and Graham Lyle
  • Best Theme from a TV or Radio Production: Jewel in the Crown, written by George Fenton. Also nominated: Another Six English Towns, written by Jim Parker; Kennedy, written by Richard Hartley
  • Best Film Theme or Song: We All Stand Together, written by Paul McCartney. Also nominated: Champions, written by Carl Davis; Company of Wolves, written by George Fenton
  • Best British Musical: The Hired Man, words and music by Howard Goodall. Also nominated: Starlight Express, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe; The Boyfriend, written by Sandy Wilson
  • Most Performed Work: Careless Whisper. Also nominated: Two Tribes; I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  • The Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Do They Know It’s Christmas?, performed by Band Aid, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
  • International Hit of the Year: The Reflex, performed by Duran Duran, written by Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and Nick Rhodes. Also nominated: Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run), written by Billie Ocean and Keith Diamond; Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, performed by Wham!, written by George Michael
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Michael Tippett
  • Songwriter of the Year: George Michael
  • The Jimmy Kennedy Award: Tommie Connor
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Patrick Moraz and Ray Thomas

Ivor Novello Awards 1986

The 31st Ivor Novello Awards were held at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Contemporary Song: We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome), performed by Tina Turner, written by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten. Also nominated: 19, written by Paul Hardcastle, Mike Oldfield, Bill Couturie and Jonas McCord; Money for Nothing, performed by Dire Straits, written by Mark Knopfler and Sting; Running Up That Hill, written by Kate Bush
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Nikita, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Also nominated: I Want To Know What Love Is, performed by Foreigner, written by Mick Jones; Everybody Wants to Rule the World, performed by Tears for Fears, written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley and Chris HughesI Know Him So Well, performed by Elaine Page, written by Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
  • The Best Theme from a Television or Radio Production: Edge of Darkness, written by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Also nominated: The Last Place on Earth, written by Trevor Jones; Eastenders, written by Leslie Osborne and Simon May
  • The Best Film Theme or Song: We Don’t Need Another Hero, written by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten. Also nominated: Hit That Perfect Beat, written by John Foster, Steve Bronski and Larry SteinbachekA View to a Kill, written by Duran Duran and John Barry
  • The Best British Musical: Me and My Girl, written by Reginald Armitage and Douglas Furber. Also nominated: Lennon, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Mutiny, written by David Essex and Richard Crane
  • Most Performed Work: Easy Lover, written by: Phillip Bailey, Phil Collins and Nathan East
  • Best Selling ‘A’ Side: I Know Him So Well. Also nominated: 19; Easy Lover
  • International Hit of the Year: 19. Also nominated: Shout, performed by Tears for Fears, written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley; A View to a Kill, written by Duran Duran and John Barry
  • The Jimmy Kennedy Award: Lionel Bart
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Malcolm Arnold
  • Songwriter of the Year: Roland Orzabal
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Elton John

Ivor Novello Awards 1987

The 1987 Ivor Novello Awards took place on 15th April at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Contemporary Song: It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back), performed by Eurythmics, written by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. Also nominated: West End Girls, performed by Pet Shop Boys, written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe; Sledgehammer, written by Peter Gabriel
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Don’t Give Up, written by Peter Gabriel. Also nominated: All I Ask of You, written by Charles Hart, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe; The Miracle of Love, performed by Eurythmics, written by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
  • Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Every Loser Wins, written by Simon May, Stewart James and Bradley James. Also nominated: Chain Reaction, written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb; Living Doll, written by Lionel Bart
  • Best Theme from a Television or Radio Production: The Monocled Mutineer, written by George Fenton. Also nominated: Theme from Lost Empires, written by Derek Hilton; Time After Time, written by Rod Argent and Robert Howes
  • Most Performed Work: Chain Reaction, performed by Diana Ross, written by: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
  • International Hit of the Year: West End Girls. Also nominated: Nikita, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin; The Edge of Heaven, performed by Wham!, written by George Michael
  • Best Film Theme or Song: Sweet Freedom, written by Rod Temperton. Also nominated: A Kind of Magic, written by Roger Taylor; In Too Deep, written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford
  • The Best British Musical: The Phantom of the Opera, written by Charles Hart, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe. Also nominated: Chess, written by Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson; Charlie Girl, written by David Heneker and John Taylor
  • The Jimmy Kennedy Award: Hugh Charles
  • Songwriters of the Year: Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: John Deacon, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor

Ivor Novello Awards 1988

The 1988 Ivor Novello Awards took place on 7th April at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Contemporary Song: You Win Again, performed by Bee Gees, written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb. Also nominated: Never Gonna Give You Up, performed by Rick Astley, written by Stock Aitken Waterman (Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman); What Have I Done to Deserve This?, performed by Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, written by Chris Lowe, Neil Tennant and Allee Willis
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: (Something Inside) So Strong, written by Labi Siffre. Also nominated: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), performed by Aretha Franklin and George Michael, written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan; Throwing It All Away, written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Michael Rutherford
  • Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Never Gonna Give You Up. Also nominated: You Win Again; China in Your Hand, performed by T’Pau, written by Carol Decker and Ronald Rogers
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: David Heneker
  • Best Theme from a Television or Radio Production: Fortunes of War, written by Richard Holmes. Also nominated: Neighbours, written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent; My Family and Other Animals, written by Daryl Runswick
  • Most Performed Work: Never Gonna Give You Up. Also nominated: Respectable, performed by Mel and Kim, written by Stock Aitken Waterman; Living in a Box, performed by Living in a Box, written by Marcus Vere and Steve Pigott
  • International Hit of the Year: Never Gonna Give You Up, written by Stock Aitken Waterman. Also nominated: It’s a Sin, performed by Pet Shop Boys, written by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant; I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
  • Best Film Score Theme or Song: Cry Freedom, written by George Fenton and Jonas Gwangwa. Also nominated: The Living Daylights, written by John Barry and Pal Waaktaar; Theme from Castaway, written by Stanley Myers
  • The Jimmy Kennedy Award: Norman Newell
  • Songwriters of the Year: Matt Aitken, Mike Stock and Peter Waterman
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb

Ivor Novello Awards 1989

The 1989 Ivor Novello Awards were held on 4th April at Grosvenor House, London.

  • Best Contemporary Song: Love Changes (Everything), written by Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan and Rob Fisher. Also nominated: A Little Respect, performed by Erasure, written by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke; Father Figure, written by George Michael
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo), written by Sting. Also nominated: Perfect, performed by Fairground Attraction, written by Mark Nevin; Mary’s Prayer, performed by Danny Wilson, written by Gary Clark
  • Best Selling ‘A’ Side: Mistletoe & Wine, performed by Cliff Richard, written by Leslie Stewart, Jeremy Paul and Keith Strachan. Also nominated: Especially for You, performed by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, written by Stock Aitken Waterman; I Should Be So Lucky, performed by Kylie Minogue, written by Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Most Performed Work: I Should Be So Lucky. Also nominated: Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car, written by Billy Ocean and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange; Love Changes (Everything)
  • Best Theme from a TV or Radio Production: Testament, written by Nigel Hess. Also nominated: The Long March, written by Christopher Gunning; Young Musician of the Year, written by Edward Gregson
  • Best Film Theme or Song: Two Hearts, written by Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier. Also nominated: A Fish Called Wanda, written by Trevor Jones and  John Du Prez; Childhood Days, written by Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb
  • International Hit of the Year: Faith, written by George Michael. Also nominated: I Should Be So Lucky; Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Mark Knopfler and John Illsley
  • Songwriters of the Year: George Michael and Matt Aitken, Mike Stock and Peter Waterman (presented jointly)
  • The Jimmy Kennedy Award: Leslie Bricusse
  • Outstanding Services to British Music: Paul McCartney
  • Lifetime Achievement: Cliff Richard

Further Reading

The BRIT Awards 2005

On 9th February 2005, Chris Evans hosted what was billed as the 25th anniversary BRIT Awards show (history seems to prefer to pretend that the first show was in 1981, rather than 1977). The venue was Earls Court in London, and an average of 6.3 million people watched the coverage the following day on ITV.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2004 ceremony here, and the 2006 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Clive Owen. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • Muse – Absolution
  • Snow Patrol – Final Straw
  • The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free

Winner: Keane

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Minnie Driver. Nominees:

  • Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • Jamelia – Thank You
  • LMC vs. U2 – Take Me to the Clouds Above
  • Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
  • Will Young – Your Game

Winner: Will Young

Best British Male

Presented by Naomi Harris. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Lemar
  • Morrissey
  • The Streets
  • Will Young

Winner: The Streets

Best British Female

Presented by Lisa Stansfield. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Jamelia
  • PJ Harvey
  • Joss Stone
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Group

Presented by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • Keane
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane
  • Joss Stone
  • The Zutons

Winner: Keane

Best British Rock Act

Voted for by viewers of Kerrang TV, and presented by Brian May. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Urban Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV Base, and presented by Jazzy B. Nominees:

  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Jamelia
  • Lemar
  • Joss Stone
  • The Streets

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Live Act

Voted for by The Live Music Forum, and presented by Shirley Manson from Garbage. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse

Winner: Muse

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK and readers of The Sun, and presented by Jodie Kidd. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Girls Aloud
  • Avril Lavigne
  • McFly
  • Westlife

Winner: McFly

Best International Album

Presented by Siouxsie Sioux. Nominees:

  • The Killers – Hot Fuss
  • Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  • Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  • U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Male

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Usher
  • Tom Waits
  • Kanye West
  • Brian Wilson

Winner: Eminem

Best International Female

Presented by Charlie Creed Miles. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • Kelis
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Gwen Stefani

Winner: Gwen Stefani

Best International Group

Nominees:

  • Green Day
  • Maroon 5
  • Outkast
  • Scissor Sisters
  • U2

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Simon Pegg. Nominees:

  • Jet
  • The Killers
  • Maroon 5
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Kanye West

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Jools Holland.

Winner: Bob Geldof

BRITS 25 Best Song Award

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 2. Presented by Matt Lucas and David Walliams in character as Mark Owen and Howard Donald from Take That respectively. Nominees:

  • ABC – The Look of Love
  • Bee Gees – Night Fever
  • David Bowie – Heroes
  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • The Clash – London Calling
  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  • David Gray – Babylon
  • The Jam – That’s Entertainment
  • Elton John – Sacrifice
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Annie Lennox – Why?
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
  • George Michael – Careless Whisper
  • Oasis – Wonderwall
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Seal – Kiss from a Rose
  • Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
  • Spandau Ballet – True
  • Rod Stewart – I Don’t Want to Talk About it
  • Sting – Fields of Gold
  • The Stranglers – Golden Brown
  • The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

The top five entries made it from round 1 to the final list of nominees, leaving:

  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

Winner: Robbie Williams

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

British Rock & Pop Awards 1982-1984

Due to a fundamental failing on my part, this post was actually written several months ago, accidentally deleted, and has now been recreated for your general entertainment. In the third article in this series, we look at the final three years of this nearly-decade-long award ceremony, before the BPI Awards (later the BRITs) supplanted them.

1982

The seventh ceremony took place in February 1983, at The Lyceum in London, and were presented by Anne Diamond (see BFI record).

On 15th January, Tommy Vance and Kid Jensen voiced this promo for the awards for BBC Radio 1 (also trailed here). This confirms that the following categories were included and were open for voting: Best Female SingerBest Male SingerBest GroupBest Single, and Best Album.

Thereza Bazar of Dollar presented the Best Album award.

The winners were ABC, with The Lexicon of Love (in third place), Madness, with Complete Madness (in second), and the overall winner was Duran Duran, with Rio.

The 1983 BPI Awards can be viewed here.

1983

The eighth and final ceremony, celebrating the music of the year 1983, took place on 21st February 1984 at The Lyceum in London, and.was presented by David Jensen and Sarah Kennedy, the latter of whom, as we’ll learn, didn’t write her own script, and hopefully didn’t pick her own wardrobe either.

In the award for Best British Rock/Pop Single were True, by Spandau Ballet, in third place, and Duran Duran with Is There Something I Should Know? in second place.

The winner was Karma Chameleon, by Culture Club.

By 1985, 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, but for comparison the 1984 BPI Awards can be viewed here.

The BRIT Awards 2004

Finally, our journey through the history of the BRITs ends, and we’re only a decade behind now! The 2004 BRIT Awards ceremony took place at Earls Court in London on February 17th, where the host was Cat Deeley.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2003 ceremony here, and the 2005 ceremony next time.

Mastercard British Album

Presented by Scarlett Johansson. Nominees:

  • Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
  • Blur – Think Tank
  • The Coral – Magic and Medicine
  • The Darkness – Permission to Land
  • Dido – Life for Rent

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Demot O’Leary. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Goldfrapp
  • Groove Armada
  • Kosheen
  • Lemon Jelly

Winner: Basement Jaxx

Best British Female

Presented by Ronan Keating. Nominees:

  • Dido
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Jamelia
  • Annie Lennox
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Dido

Best British Group

Presented by Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Busted
  • The Coral
  • The Darkness
  • Radiohead
  • Sugababes

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Male

Presented by Kerry Katona from Atomic Kitten. Nominees:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • David Bowie
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Will Young

Winner: Daniel Bedingfield

Best British Breakthrough Artist

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Presented by Chris Moyles. Nominees:

  • Busted
  • Jamie Cullum
  • The Darkness
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Lemar

Winner: Busted

Best British Rock Act

Voted for by viewers of Kerrang TV. Presented by legendary heavy rocker Jamelia. Nominees:

  • The Darkness
  • Feeder
  • Muse
  • Primal Scream
  • Stereophonics

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Neil “Doctor” Fox. Nominees:

  • Dido – White Flag
  • Gareth Gates feat. The Kumars – Spirit in the Sky
  • Jamelia – Superstar
  • Mis-Teeq – Scandalous
  • Rachel Stevens – Sweet Dreams My LA Ex

Winner: Dido

Best British Urban Act

Presented by N.E.R.D. Nominees:

  • Big Brovaz
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Lemar
  • Mis-Teeq
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Lemar

Best International Album

Presented by Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal from No Doubt. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera – Stripped
  • Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
  • Justin Timberlake – Justified
  • The White Stripes – Elephant

Winner: Justin Timberlake

Best International Female

Presented by LL Cool J. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera
  • Beyoncé
  • Missy Elliott
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue

Winner: Beyoncé

Best International Group

Presented by Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Kings of Leon
  • Outkast
  • The Strokes
  • The White Stripes

Winner: The White Stripes

Best International Male

Presented by Shania Twain. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • 50 Cent
  • Sean Paul
  • Damien Rice
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Justin Timberlake

Best International Breakthrough Artist

Presented by Alicia Keys. Nominees:

  • Evanescence
  • 50 Cent
  • Kings of Leon
  • Sean Paul
  • The Thrills

Winner: 50 Cent

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK. Presented by Bo Selecta‘s Leigh Francis in character as Mel B from Spice Girls. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Busted
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Busted

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Justin Timberlake.

Winner: Duran Duran

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2002

In 2002, Frank Skinner and Zoë Ball presented the BRITs at Earls Court in London. The awards took place on 20th February.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2001 ceremony here, and the 2003 ceremony here.

Best British Album

Presented by Sol Campbell. Nominees:

  • Craig David – Born to Do it
  • Dido – No Angel
  • Gorillaz – Gorillaz
  • Radiohead – Kid A
  • Travis – The Invisible Band

Winner: Dido

Best British Dance Act

Presented by the stars of Smack the Pony. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Craig David
  • Faithless
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Gorillaz

Winner: Basement Jaxx

Best British Female

Presented by Johnny Vegas. Nominees:

  • Dido
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Geri Halliwell
  • PJ Harvey
  • Sade

Winner: Dido

Best British Group

Presented by Heidi Klum. Nominees:

  • Gorillaz
  • Jamiroquai
  • Radiohead
  • Stereophonics
  • Travis

Winner: Travis

Best British Male

Presented by Susie Amy. Nominees:

  • Aphex Twin
  • Ian Brown
  • Craig David
  • Elton John
  • Robbie Williams

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. The initial announcement included Dido, but she seems to have been replaced by Tom McRae for some reason. Probably just a mistake on somebody’s part. Presented by Trevor Nelson. Nominees:

  • Atomic Kitten
  • Blue
  • Elbow
  • Gorillaz
  • Tom McRae
  • Mis-Teeq
  • So Solid Crew
  • Starsailor
  • Turin Brakes
  • Zero 7

Winner: Blue

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Simon Cowell. Nominees:

  • Atomic Kitten – Whole Again
  • Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
  • Bob the Builder – Mambo No. 5
  • Dido – Thank You
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Geri Halliwell – It’s Raining Men
  • Hear’Say – Pure and Simple
  • DJ Pied Piper – Do You Really Like It
  • S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’
  • So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
  • Robbie Williams – Eternity / The Road to Mandalay

Winner: S Club 7

Best British Video

Presented by Michael Madsen. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
  • Coldplay – Trouble
  • Dido – Thank You
  • Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Elton John – I Want Love
  • So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
  • Travis – Sing
  • Robbie Williams – Supreme
  • Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue – Kids

Winner: So Solid Crew

Best International Album

Presented by Eddie Irvine. Nominees:

  • Daft Punk – Discovery
  • Destiny’s Child – Survivor
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
  • Kylie Minogue – Fever
  • The Strokes – Is This It

Winner: Kylie Minogue

Best International Female

Presented by Russell Crowe. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • Björk
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue

Winner: Kylie Minogue

Best International Group

Presented by Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Daft Punk
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Limp Bizkit
  • R.E.M.
  • The Strokes

Winner: Destiny’s Child

Best International Male

Presented by Daryl Hannah. Nominees:

  • Ryan Adams
  • Dr. Dre
  • Bob Dylan
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Shaggy

Winner: Shaggy

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Samantha Mumba. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • The Avalanches
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Linkin Park
  • The Strokes

Winner: The Strokes

Best Pop Act

Voted for by readers of The Sun. Presented by Sophie Ellis Bextor. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Hear’Say
  • Kylie Minogue
  • S Club 7
  • Westlife

Winner: Westlife

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Kylie Minogue.

Winner: Sting

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2000

Davina McCall presented the 2000 awards at Earls Court on March 3rd. I believe she did manage not to swear, although it’s doubtful everyone was so courteous. This was the year of pop, and the year that Brandon Block turned up onstage to collect the Best Soundtrack award.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1999 ceremony here, and the 2001 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.

Best British Album

Presented by Vinnie Jones. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Remedy
  • The Chemical Brothers – Surrender
  • Gomez – Liquid Skin
  • Stereophonics – Performance and Cocktails
  • Travis – The Man Who

Winner: Travis

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Paul Whitehouse and Mark Williams. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Jamiroquai
  • Leftfield

Winner: The Chemical Brothers

Best British Female

Presented by Tom Jones and Robbie Williams. Nominees:

  • Melanie C
  • Gabrielle
  • Geri Halliwell
  • Beverley Knight
  • Beth Orton

Winner: Beth Orton

Best British Group

Presented by Lou Reed. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • Gomez
  • Stereophonics
  • Texas
  • Travis

Winner: Travis

Best British Male

Presented by Ben Elton. Nominees:

  • David Bowie
  • Ian Brown
  • Tom Jones
  • Van Morrison
  • Sting

Winner: Tom Jones

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. In an unnecessarily complicated voting system, the first round was split into four categories:

Best R&B / Urban Newcomer:

  • Fierce
  • Glamma Kid
  • Honeyz
  • Jamelia
  • Kele le Roc

Best Dance Newcomer:

  • Blockster
  • Groove Armada
  • Phats and Small
  • Shanks and Bigfoot
  • Spacedust

Best Indie / Rock Newcomer:

  • Beta Band
  • Death in Vegas
  • Gay Dad
  • UNKLE
  • Wiseguys

Best Pop Newcomer:

  • Charlotte Church
  • Ann Lee
  • Martine McCutcheon
  • Adam Rickitt
  • S Club 7

Of these, the winner of each category and the most voted for act overall were carried through to the list of final nominees. The award was presented by Sara Cox and Zoë Ball.

  • Groove Armada
  • Honeyz
  • Phats and Small
  • S Club 7
  • Wiseguys

Winner: S Club 7

Best British Pop Act

Voted for by readers of The Sun. Presented by Cat Deeley and Ant and Dec. Nominees:

  • Five – Keep on Movin’
  • Geri Halliwell – Mi Chico Latino
  • Ann Lee – 2 Times
  • Martine McCutcheon – Perfect Moment
  • S Club 7 – Bring it All Back
  • Steps – Heartbeat / Tragedy

Winner: Five

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
  • Blur – Tender
  • The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You
  • Manic Street Preachers – You Stole the Sun from My Heart
  • Moloko – Sing it Back
  • Shanks and Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate
  • Supergrass – Moving
  • Travis – Why Does it Always Rain on Me?
  • Robbie Williams – She’s the One

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Video

Voted for by viewers of VH-1. Presented by Richard Blackwood and Donna Air. Nominees:

  • Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
  • The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You
  • Supergrass – Pumping on Your Stereo
  • Robbie Williams – She’s the One

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best International Female

Presented by Sacha Baron Cohen in character as Ali G. Nominees:

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Macy Gray
  • Whitney Houston
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Britney Spears

Winner: Macy Gray

Best International Group

Presented by Andrea Corr and Jim Corr from The Corrs. Nominees:

  • Beastie Boys
  • The Cardigans
  • Mercury Rev
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • TLC

Winner: TLC

Best International Male

Presented by Caprice and Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Eminem
  • Ricky Martin
  • Moby
  • Will Smith

Winner: Beck

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Kylie Minogue and Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Macy Gray
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Semisonic
  • Britney Spears

Winner: Macy Gray

Best Live Act

Presented by Cerys Matthews from Catatonia.

Winner: Steps

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Presented by Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones, and Thora Birch. Nominees:

  • The Dust Brothers – Fight Club
  • John Williams – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Various Artists – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Various Artists – The Matrix
  • Various Artists – Notting Hill

Winner: Notting Hill

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Will Smith.

Winner: Spice Girls

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: this post originally listed Shanks and Bigfoot rather than Groove Armada in the final listing for Best Newcomer – this appears to be an error on Wikipedia, and was accidentally included on this post too.

The British Record Industry Awards 1984

On February 21st 1984, Tim Rice was standing on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel, about to introduce the fourth BRIT Awards. This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1983 ceremony here, and the 1985 ceremony here.

Best British Female

Nominees:

  • Annie Lennox
  • Alison Moyet
  • Bonnie Tyler
  • Tracey Ullman
  • Toyah Wilcox

Winner: Annie Lennox

Best British Group

Nominees:

  • Culture Club
  • Eurythmics
  • Madness
  • The Police
  • UB40

Winner: Culture Club

Best British Male

Nominees:

  • David Bowie
  • Elton John
  • Paul McCartney
  • Cliff Richard
  • Paul Young

Winner: David Bowie

Best British Newcomer

Nominees:

  • Big Country
  • Howard Jones
  • Tracey Ullman
  • Wham!
  • Paul Young

Winner: Paul Young

Best British Producer

Nominees:

  • Peter Collins
  • Trevor Horn
  • Langer and Winstanley
  • Steve Levine
  • Steve Lilywhite

Winner: Steve Levine

Best British Single

Winner: Culture ClubKarma Chameleon

Best Classical Recording

Nominees:

  • Kiri Te Kanawa – Songs of the Auvergne
  • Puccini – La Rondine
  • Simon Rattle – War Requiem – Britten
  • Tippett – Triple Concerto
  • Trevor Pinnock – Water Music – Handel

Winner: Kiri Te Kanawa

Best Comedy Record

Winner: Neil

Best International Artist

Nominees:

  • Darryl Hall and John Oates
  • Michael Jackson
  • Billy Joel
  • Men at Work
  • Lionel Richie

Winner: Michael Jackson

Best Selling Album

Winner: Michael JacksonThriller

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Winner: Prince – Purple Rain

Outstanding Contribution

Winner: George Martin

Sony Trophy for Technical Excellence

Winner: Spandau Ballet

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: fix links (6 January 2018).