- Early Years
It should have been re-named the 'Oasis Awards' really. The brothers Gallagher swept the board winning, like, pretty much all the awards.
Noel Gallagher was quoted as saying: "Awards don't make you any better or any worse but it would really do my head in if I went out in the pouring rain to the post box to vote for my favourite band and then they went up and said they weren't bothered. I think that's tragic."
Oasis were followed closely behind in most categories by Pulp and Blur (that had to hurt).
Presenters: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
Best Live Act: Oasis
Best Band: Oasis
Best LP: Oasis - '(What's The Story) Morning Glory'
Best Single: Oasis - 'Wonderwall'
Vibes Award For Best Dance Act: Goldie
Best Dance Act: The Prodigy
Best Solo Artist: Paul Weller
The Special Award For Services Beyond The Call Of Duty: Tony Crean for organising the War Child LP
Album Of The Year: Tricky - 'Maxinquaye'
Single Of The Year: Black Grape - 'Reverend Black Grape'
Worst Record: Robson and Jerome - 'I Believe'
Godlike Genius Award: Michael Eavis
Best Musical Event: Glastonbury
Non- Musical Event: French Nuclear Testing
Best Dressed Person: Jarvis Cocker
Worst Dressed Person: Jarvis Cocker
Best Video: Pulp - 'Common People'
Live Act Of The Year: Pulp
Best TV Programme: Shooting Stars
Best New Band: Supergrass
The Philip Hall Radar Award: Rocket From The Crypt
Best Radio Show: Radio 1's Evening Session
Best Film: The Usual Suspects
Best Comedian: Steve Coogan
Most Desirable Human Being: Liam Gallagher
Git Of The Year: Damon Albarn
Best Venue: London Brixton Academy
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