NME Awards - History

NME Pollwinners 1979
Sting, Photo: PA


The end of the decade brought victories for Kate Bush, The Specials and Gary Numan. Meanwhile, Johnny Rotten won a special 'Face Of The Decade' award.

Male Singer: Sting

Songwriter: Paul Weller

Best Group: The Jam

Guitarist: Paul Weller

Bassist: Bruce Foxton

Keyboards: Dave Greenfield

Drums: Rick Buckler

Female Singer: Kate Bush

Best New Act: The Specials

Most Wonderful Human Being: John Peel

Image Of The Year: Gary Numan

Creep Of The Year: Gary Numan

Single: The Specials - 'Gangsters'

Album: The Jam - 'Setting Sons'

TV Programme: 'Fawlty Towers'

Best Dressed Sleeve: PIL - 'Metal Box'

Disc Jockey: John Peel

Radio Show: John Peel Show

Face Of The Decade: Johnny Rotten

Farce Of The Decade: Mod Revival

Film Of The Year:'Quadrophenia'

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