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

Sources

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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