NME Awards - History

Jesus and Mary Chain
Jesus and Mary Chain, Photo: Retna


The Smiths were holding firm, notching up awards for Group, Male Singer, Songwriter(s), Best Dressed and Haircut.

Also notching a couple of nods were The Jesus And Mary Chain, Talking Heads and The Pogues. Danny Kelly commented: "Well it was a good year for Kate Bush, The Pogues and St. Bob, a very good year for the Mary Chain, but, above all else, a great year for one Stephen Patrick Morrissey. Yes, it's spinach and fennel sarnies all 'round as he, and The Smiths, consolidated their position in your hearts to Jam-type strength."

Best Group: The Smiths

Best New Act: The Jesus And Mary Chain

Best Male Singer: Morrissey

Best Female Singer: Liz Fraser

Best Songwriter: Morrissey/ Marr

Best Single: The Jesus And Mary Chain - 'Never Understand'

LP Of The Year: The Smiths - 'Meat Is Murder'

Best Soul/Funk Band: Cameo

Best Reggae Act: UB40

Best Live Act: The Pogues

Most Wonderful Human Being: Bob Geldof

Creep Of The Year: Margaret Thatcher

Best Dressed: Morrissey

Worst Dressed: Bob Geldof

Best Haircut: Morrissey

Worst Haircut: Feargal Sharkey

Biggest Mouth: Bob Geldof

Best Film: 'Letter To Brezhnev'

Best TV Programme: 'Whistle Test'

Best Radio Show: John Peel

Best Video: Talking Heads - 'Road To Nowhere'

Best Dressed Sleeve: The Pogues - 'Rum, Sodomy And The Lash'

Best Hype: The Jesus And Mary Chain

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