NME Awards - History

Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard, Photo: PA


Taking place at the Empire Pool, Wembley on May 3rd. We called it "the greatest array of pop talent in the world." And, really you couldn't argue with a line up that included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard and a (virtual) Elvis Presley.

Presley who won a couple of awards sent a personal message. "Hello everybody. This is Elvis. I am sorry I cannot be with you all...but I'd like to congratulate all the winners and thank you for including me."

The Rolling Stones could "hardly be heard above the shouts" whilst The Beatles' performance was met with similar hysteria. "Paul tried in vain to announce 'Twist And Shout' and the number brought an even greater hurricane of stamping, cheering, crying, screaming response," we wrote.

Presenter: Roy Orbison

NME Pollwinners 1964

Outstanding Male Singer: Elvis Presley

Outstanding Female Singer: Brenda Lee

Outstanding Vocal Group: Beatles

Outstanding Musical Personality: Elvis Presley

British Male Singer: Cliff Richard

British Female Singer: Dusty Springfield

British Vocal Group: Beatles

British Vocal Personality: Cliff Richard

British Rhythm and Blues: Rolling Stones

British Instrumental Unit: Shadows

British Tv Or Radio Programme: Ready Steady Go

British Disc Jockey: Jimmy Savile

British New Disc or TV Singer: Mick Jagger

British Disc This Year: The Animals 'House Of The Rising Sun'

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