NME Awards History

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David Bowie, Photo: PA


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

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

Best Miscellaneous Musician
TKO Horns

Best Bassist
Peter Hook

Best Keyboardist
Steve Nieve

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