NME Awards History

Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Photo: PA


Held at Wembley's Empire Pool, the awards were presented by Connie Francis (who also took home the World Female Singer trophy). She handed out awards to a shiny suited Shadows, rumoured love interest Adam Faith (who had to dash away immediately to appear on BBC's What's My Line? and Alma Cogan (who was suffering a bad cough).

World Female Singer
Connie Francis

World Musical Personality
Elvis Presley

World Male Singer
Elvis Presley

World Vocal Group
Everly Brothers

British Vocal Personality
Adam Faith

British Vocal Group
The Springfields

Instrumental Personality
Bert Weedon

British Small Group

British Large Band or Orchestra
Ted Heath

Best British Disc of the Year
John Leyton's 'Johnny Remember Me'

British Male Singer
Cliff Richard

Artist For Poll Concert
Billy Fury

Trad Jazz Band
Acker Bilk

British Female Singer
Helen Shapiro

New Disc or TV Singer
John Leyton

Disc Jockey
David Jacobs

NME Pollwinners 1961
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