NME Awards - History

The Jam
The Jam, Photo: PA


Despite the fact they split, The Jam still swept the board. As for the others, our NME person said: "If one ignores the votes cast for The Jam and looks instead at the runner-up spot in each category a more varified and shifting picture emerges; in this new hierarchy, Simple Minds have risen to number two band, Kid Creole And The Coconuts make second best live act and Elvis Costello is runner up both as songwriter and male singer."

Best Group: The Jam

Best Male Singer: Paul Weller

Best Female Singer: Siouxsie Sioux

Creep Of The Year: Margaret Thatcher

Most Wonderful Human Being: Paul Weller

Best Songwriter: Paul Weller

Best Single: The Jam - 'A Town Called Malice'

Best Longplayer: The Jam - 'The Gift'

Best Live Act: The Jam

Best Dancefloor Favourite: Wham! - 'Young Guns Go For It'

Best Dressed Sleeve: Siouxie & The Banshees - 'A Kiss In The Dreamhouse'

Event Of The Year: The Jam Split

Best Dressed Male: Paul Weller

Best Dressed Female: Siouxsie Sioux

Best Haircut: Paul Weller

Best Electronics: Vince Clark

Best Guitarist: Paul Weller

Best Bassist: Bruce Foxton

Best Drummer: Rick Buckler

Best Miscellaneous Instrument: The Emerald Express, Violin

Best Radio Show: John Peel

Best Music Video: Madness - 'House Of Fun'

Best TV Show: 'The Young Ones'

Best Film: 'ET'

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