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1966 was a golden year in pop and so our awards proved. Elvis, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Dusty all won awards. Our man said: "They are not the only victors, by any means. But they have secured their successes- to some extent, unexpectedly- by deposing other firmly established champions. And for this reason, their triumphs are all the more praiseworthy."

Presenter: Jimmy Saville

NME Pollwinners 1966

World Male Singer: Elvis Presley

World Female Singer: Dustry Springfield

World Vocal Group: Beach Boys

World Musical Personality: Elvis Presley

British Vocal Group: Beatles

British Instrumental Unit: Shadows

Best Male Singer: Cliff Richard

British Vocal Personality: Cliff Richard

Best R&B Group: Spencer Davis

Best TV/Radio Show: 'Top Of The Pops'

Top Disc Jockey: Jimmy Savile

British Female Singer: Dusty Springfield

New Disc Singer: Stevie Winwood

Best New Group: Spencer Davis

Best British Disc This Year: Beatles - 'Eleanor Rigby'

NME Pollwinners 1966

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