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

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