NME Awards - History

The Clash, Photo: PA


In the full glare of new wave and punk, '78 reflected the exciting, eclectic shifts that were taking place. The Clash, The Jam, Debbie Harry and Sid Vicious all topped categories.

In the post-match analysis, Charles Shaar Murray said: "Compared to the blizzard of short-sightedness that afflicts readers' polls in other publications of a vaguely rock-orientated nature, the NME readers' poll vindicates not only our belief in new rock and roll but -let's get sickening for a second- our belief in you."

Best Male Singer: David Bowie

Best Female Singer: Debbie Harry

Best Album: The Jam - 'All Mod Cons'

Best Single: The Clash - 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais'

Best Songwriter: Elvis Costello

Best Dressed Sleeve: The Rolling Stones - 'Some Girls'

Best Group: The Clash

Best New Group: Public Image Ltd

Best Guitarist: Mick Jones

Best Bassist: Jean Jacques Burnel

Best Keyboardist: Dave Greenfield

Best Drummer: Keith Moon

Best DJ: John Peel

Best Radio Show: John Peel Show

Best TV Show: 'Revolver'

Most Wonderful Human Being: Sid Vicious

Pin-Up Of The Year: Debbie Harry

Film: 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind'

Creep Of The Year: John Travolta

NME Pollwinners 1978

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