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The Jam and Paul Weller ruled. Again. But this time they picked up six awards as opposed to 80's 10. David Bowie, Altered Images and Siouxsie Sioux also picked up awards. Meanwhile Echo & The Bunnymen nabbed LP of the year with 'Heaven Up Here' and The Specials won Best Single with 'Ghost Town'.

Our man Phil McNeill said: "The Jam have now equalled Led Zeppelin's mid-70's record of topping the groups three times in a row...if anyone is going to take The Jam's crown next year, chances are it'll be...Echo And The Bunnymen."

Best Group: The Jam

Best New Act: Altered Images

Most Missed Person: John Lennon

Best Songwriter: Paul Weller

Best Female Singer: Siouxsie Sioux

Best Male Singer: David Bowie

Best Single: The Specials - 'Ghost Town'

Best LP: Echo & The Bunnymen - 'Heaven Up Here'

Best Dressed Sleeve: Echo & The Bunnymen - 'Heaven Up Here'

Best Guitarist: Paul Weller

Best Bassist: Bruce Foxton

Best Drummer: Rick Buckler

Best Keyboardist: Dave Greenfield

Best TV Programme: 'Coronation Street'

Best Radio Show: John Peel

Best Film: 'Gregory's Girl'

Most Wonderful Human Being: Paul Weller

Best Dressed Person: Michael Foot

Creep Of The Year: Adam Andy

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