NME Awards History

The Beach Boys
Beach Boys Photo: PA


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."

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

British Instrumental Unit

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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