1961

Held at Wembley’s Empire Pool, the awards were presented by Connie Francis (who also took home the World Female Singer trophy). She handed out awards to a shiny suited Shadows, rumoured love interest Adam Faith (who had to dash away immediately to appear on BBC’s What’s My Line? and Alma Cogan (who was suffering a bad cough).
World Female Singer
Connie Francis
World Musical Personality
Elvis Presley
World Male Singer
Elvis Presley
World Vocal Group
Everly Brothers
British Vocal Personality
Adam Faith
British Vocal Group
The Springfields
Instrumental Personality
Bert Weedon
British Small Group
Shadows
British Large Band or Orchestra
Ted Heath
Best British Disc of the Year
John Leyton’s ‘Johnny Remember Me’
British Male Singer
Cliff Richard
Artist For Poll Concert
Billy Fury
Trad Jazz Band
Acker Bilk
British Female Singer
Helen Shapiro
New Disc or TV Singer
John Leyton
Disc Jockey
David Jacobs
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