NME Awards - History

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The 1983 indie scene was in fine form, New Order and The Smiths topped the Best Group and Best New Act categories. Whilst David Bowie, Elvis Costello and Siouxsie Sioux dominated many of the solo ones.

As our man Paul Du Noyer noted in the poll analysis, the departure of The Jam "left the field wide open for new names to step up and claim the several crowns left ownerless."

Best Group: New Order

Best New Act: The Smiths

Best Dressed Female: Siouxsie Sioux

Female Singer: Siouxsie Sioux

Songwriter: Elvis Costello

Male Singer: David Bowie

Best Dressed Male: David Bowie

Best Long Player: Elvis Costello - 'Punch The Clock'

Best Single: New Order - 'Blue Monday'

Best Film: 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'

Best Promo Video: Michael Jackson - 'Thriller'

Most Wonderful Human Being: Paul Weller

Creep Of The Year: Margaret Thatcher

TV Show: 'The Tube'

Best Dressed Sleeve: New Order - 'Power Corruption And Lies'

Best Radio Programme: John Peel

Best Guitarist: The Edge

Best Drummer: Budgie

Best Miscellaneous Musician: TKO Horns

Best Bassist: Peter Hook

Best Keyboardist: Steve Nieve

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