Smash Hits Poll Winners Party
The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party was an 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.
|Smash Hits Poll Winners Party|
|Awarded for||Best and Worst in Musics, Films, & TV|
|Presented by||Smash Hits|
|First awarded||7 February 1979|
|Last awarded||20 November 2005|
Channel 4 (2001-2005)
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. During 2004 and 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, 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.
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. During 2004 and 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 (who only were eligible to win "Best Rock"). 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.
|1st||1979||not held||The Police
|10th||1988||BBC 1||Royal Albert Hall||Bros
|Simon Mayo &
|15th||1993||Andi Peters &
|16th||1994||Andi Peters &
|17th||1995||Andi Peters &
|18th||1996||Ant & Dec &
Hall of FameEdit
The following artists have won 10 or more awards.
|14||Westlife||Best Album (2), Best Band on Planet Pop (2), Best International Act (2), Best New Tour Act, Best Non-British Band, Best Single, Best Boyband in the Universe, Best Pop Band, Best Cover of the Year, Favorite Download, Hall of Fame|
|12||Britney Spears||Best Female Solo Star (2), Best Dressed Female (2), Best Dancer in Pop (2), Most Fanciable Female on the Planet (2), Best Female Haircut, Best Female Artist, Worst Dressed Star, Hall of Fame|
|10||Kylie Minogue||Worst Female Solo Singer (4), Best Female Solo Singer (2), Most Fanciable Female on the Planet (2), Worst Dressed Person, Hall of Fame|
- Mouse, Michael. "Smash Hits Poll Winners and Party". Retrieved 26 May 2020.