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The turn of the decade saw The Jam sweeping the board. 'Sound Affects' won Best Album, Paul Weller picked up Best Male and Guitarist and 'Going Underground' won Best Single. That shortlist contained a number of classics: 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', 'Ashes To Ashes', 'Enola Gay' and The Cure's 'A Forest'. Meanwhile, Margaret Thatcher won Creep Of The Year. Obvs.

Charles Shaar Murray said of the sea change away from the 'old guard' by saying: "How low hath the mighty fallen- in some cases- and how spectacularly some of the heights have been scaled. So who matters these days? Well Led Zeppelin, the Stones and even the poor old 'Oo don't seem to matter one little bit."

Best Group: The Jam

Best New Act: UB40

Best Male Singer: Paul Weller

Best Guitarist: Paul Weller

Best Drummer: Rick Buckler

Best Songwriter: Paul Weller

Best Bassist: Bruce Foxton

Best Keyboardist: Dave Greenfield

Best Other Instrumentalist: Saxa

Best Single: The Jam - 'Going Underground'

Best Album: The Jam - 'Sound Affects'

Best Dressed Sleeve: The Jam - 'Sound Affects'

Best Disc Jockey: John Peel

Best Dressed Person: Adam Ant

Haircut Of The Year: Eugene Reynolds

Most Wonderful Human Being: Paul Weller

Creep Of The Year: Margaret Thatcher

Event Of The Year: Death Of John Lennon

TV Programme: 'Not The Nine O'Clock News'

Movie Of The Year: 'The Elephant Man'

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