1980

The turn of the decade saw The Jam sweeping the board. ‘Sound Affects’ won Best Album, Paul Weller picked up Best Male and Guitarist and ‘Going Underground’ won Best Single. That shortlist contained a number of classics: ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Enola Gay’ and The Cure’s ‘A Forest’. Meanwhile, Margaret Thatcher won Creep Of The Year. Obvs.
Charles Shaar Murray said of the sea change away from the ‘old guard’ by saying: “How low hath the mighty fallen- in some cases- and how spectacularly some of the heights have been scaled. So who matters these days? Well Led Zeppelin, the Stones and even the poor old ‘Oo don’t seem to matter one little bit.”
Best Group
The Jam
Best New Act
UB40
Best Male Singer
Paul Weller
Best Guitarist
Paul Weller
Best Drummer
Rick Buckler
Best Songwriter
Paul Weller
Best Bassist
Bruce Foxton
Best Keyboardist
Dave Greenfield
Best Other Instrumentalist
Saxa
Best Single
The Jam – ‘Going Underground’
Best Album
The Jam – ‘Sound Affects’
Best Dressed Sleeve
The Jam – ‘Sound Affects’
Best Disc Jockey
John Peel
Best Dressed Person
Adam Ant
Haircut Of The Year
Eugene Reynolds
Most Wonderful Human Being
Paul Weller
Creep Of The Year
Margaret Thatcher
Event Of The Year
Death Of John Lennon
TV Programme
‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’
Movie Of The Year
‘The Elephant Man’

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