Smash Hits Poll Winners Party
Awarded forBest and Worst in Musics, Films, & TV
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented bySmash Hits
Formerly calledSmash Hits Readers' Poll (1979–87)
T4 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party (2001–05)
First awarded7 February 1979; 45 years ago (1979-02-07)
Last awarded20 November 2005; 18 years ago (2005-11-20)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkBBC1 (1988–2000)
Channel 4 (2001–2005)

The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party was a British awards ceremony which ran from 1979 (as the Smash Hits Readers' Poll) to 2005. Each award winner was voted by readers of the Smash Hits magazine. It ended with the closure of the magazine in February 2006. The event was initially produced by Harvey Goldsmith and Janet Street-Porter. Tim Byrne also worked on the show. He now works alongside Simon Cowell.

When it moved to television, the awards ceremony was shown on BBC1 from 1988 to 2000 then later on Channel 4 from 2001 to 2005, it was renamed T4 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party. Past presenters have included Phillip Schofield, Simon Mayo, Andi Peters, Toby Anstis, Lily Savage, Ant and Dec, Will Smith, Melanie Sykes, June Sarpong and Vernon Kay. Past group winners have included Bros, New Kids on the Block, Take That, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, Westlife, Busted and Girls Aloud.

The event was notorious for the incident in 1991 involving Phillip Schofield and Carter USM, when the band's performance was cut short, causing them to trash up the stage. Following this, when Schofield made a remark about the band's behaviour, their guitarist Les "Fruitbat" Carter rugby tackled Schofield. The band was temporarily banned from performing on television, but ticket sales for its tour soared. The award itself was seen as a gimmicky object by many outside the magazine's readership, including winners such as rock bands (who only ever won their own genre-based category "Best Rock", although Coldplay were once nominated for Best Band). It was an oversized fake gold disc bearing the magazine's logo, turned slightly by 45 degrees to the left and placed in a black stand.

The ceremony was publicised by Anita Strymowicz for several years. The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party Party, a post-show bash gained almost as much coverage as the event itself with most of the artists and bands attending.

History

Smash Hits started to run its annual Poll Winners Poll in 1980. It involved asking their readers to complete a form that was printed in the magazine. The form detailed, among other things The Best Dressed Person and Favourite Single from the year, and the readers would send them into the Smash Hits offices. The completed forms would then be compiled into a list of the winners and runner up's and Smash Hits would then print them in the magazine. For the first couple of years the results were printed in either February or March of the next year. However, in 1982 the results were printed in December of the same year.

In 1988 the poll changed from just being published in the Magazine to being a TV Event and was renamed the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party. The awards ceremony ran from 1988 to 2005 and was still voted for by the readers of the magazine. The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party ended with the closure of the magazine in 2006. The event was initially produced by concert promoter, Harvey Goldsmith and Janet Street-Porter. Steps manager Tim Byrne, also worked on the show.

The awards ceremony was shown on BBC1 from 1988 to 2000 then later on Channel 4 from 2001 to 2005, it was renamed to T4 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party. Past presenters have included Phillip Schofield, Simon Mayo, Andi Peters, Toby Anstis, Lily Savage, Ant and Dec, Will Smith, Melanie Sykes, June Sarpong, and Vernon Kay.

The award itself was seen as a gimmicky object by many outside the magazine readership, including winners such as rock bands . It was an oversized fake gold disc bearing the magazine's logo, turned slightly by 45 degrees to the left placed in a black stand.[1]

Awards

Main article: List of Smash Hits Poll Winners Party

Readers' Poll

No. Year Multiple wins
1st 1979 The Police
(3 awards)
2nd 1980 The Police
(3 awards)
3rd 1981 Adam Ant
(2 awards)
4th 1982 Duran Duran
(3 awards)
5th 1983 Duran Duran
(3 awards)
6th 1984 Duran Duran
(3 awards)
7th 1985 Madonna
(5 awards)
8th 1986 Madonna
(5 awards)
9th 1987 Michael Jackson
(4 awards)

Winners Party

The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party is an annual awards show that was aired on BBC1 from 1988 to 2000 before moving to Channel 4 in 2001 until its demise in 2005.

No. Year TV Venue Host(s) Performers
10th 1988[2] BBC1 Royal Albert Hall Phillip Schofield
11th 1989 Docklands Arena
12th 1990
13rd 1991
14th 1992 Simon Mayo &
Jordan Knight
15th 1993 Andi Peters &
Will Smith
16th 1994 Andi Peters &
Dean Cain
17th 1995 Andi Peters &
Dani Behr
18th 1996 Ant & Dec &
Lily Savage
19th 1997 Ant & Dec &
Jayne Middlemiss
20th 1998 Melanie Sykes &
Stephen Gateley
21st 1999 Steps

References

  1. ^ Mouse, Michael. "Smash Hits Poll Winners and Party". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party – BBC One London – 30 October 1988". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 15 April 2024.