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The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party was an awards ceremony which ran from 1988 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. Bryne now works alongside Simon Cowell.

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. 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 its ticket sales for its tour soared.

The award itself was seen as a gimmicky object by many outside the magazines 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 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.


1988 awardsEdit

Phillip Schofield was the host at The Royal Albert Hall on October 30 1988.

1989 awardsEdit

Phillip Schofield was the host.

1990 awardsEdit

Phillip Schofield was the host.

1991 awardsEdit

Phillip Schofield was the host.

1992 awardsEdit

Simon Mayo and New Kids on the Block member Jordan Knight hosted the event.

1993 awardsEdit

Andi Peters was the host.

1994 awardsEdit

Will Smith was the host.

1995 awardsEdit

Andi Peters and Dani Behr were the hosts.

1996 awardsEdit

Ant & Dec and Lily Savage were the hosts.

1997 awardsEdit

Ant & Dec and Jayne Middlemiss were the hosts.

1998 awardsEdit

1999 awardsEdit

Steps were the hosts.

2000 awardsEdit

The hosts for this year were Katy Hill, Louise Redknapp and Richard Blackwood.

2001 awardsEdit

2002 awardsEdit

Vernon Kay hosted again but this time he was joined by June Sarpong and Kelly Osbourne who had to leave midway through the awards.

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2003 awardsEdit

2004 awardsEdit

2005 awardsEdit

Hosts were Steve Jones and Miquita Oliver

  • Smash Hits Stars Of The Year
  • Winner: McFly
  • Runners up: Gwen Stefani, Green Day, Girls Aloud, Rachel Stevens
  • Best UK Band
  • Winner: McFly
  • Runners up: Coldplay, Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Kaiser Chiefs
  • Best Solo Artist
  • Winner: Lee Ryan
  • Runners up: Kelly Clarkson, James Blunt, Rachel Stevens, Gwen Stefani
  • Best Single
  • Winner: McFly - All About You
  • Runners up: James Blunt - You're Beautiful, Mario - Let Me Love You, Push the Button - Sugababes, Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
  • Best Album
  • Winner: McFly - Wonderland
  • Runners up: Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business, Sugababes - Taller In More Ways, Gwen Stefani - Love Angel Music Baby, James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
  • Best International Band
  • Winner: Green Day
  • Runners up: Westlife, Pussycat Dolls, Destiny's Child, Black Eyed Peas
  • Best Rock Act
  • Winner: Green Day
  • Runners up: My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs
  • Best Dance Act
  • Winner: Uniting Nations
  • Runners up: Basement Jaxx, Mylo, Crazy Frog, Bodyrockers
  • Best R'n'B Act
  • Winner: Akon
  • Runners up: Usher, Pussycat Dolls, Ciara, Craig David
  • Best Hip Hop Act
  • Winner: Eminem
  • Runners up: 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg
  • Best Video
  • Winner: Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha
  • Runners up: Sugababes - Push The Button, Girls Aloud - Wake Me Up, Eminem - Ass Like That, Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
  • Party Animal Of The Year
  • Winner: Charlotte Church
  • Runners up: Danny Jones, Anthony Hutton, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan
  • Hot New Talent
  • Winner: Son of Dork
  • Runners up: Lucy Silvas, Ciara, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna
  • Favourite Ringtone
  • Winner: Crazy Frog
  • Runners up: McFly - All About You, McFly - I'll Be OK, Charlotte Church - Crazy Chick, Akon - Lonely
  • Hottest Showbiz Couple
  • Winner: Cheryl Tweedy and Ashley Cole
  • Runners up: David and Victoria Beckham, Jordan and Peter Andre, Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
  • Sh! Style Icon
  • Winner: Gwen Stefani
  • Runners up: Fergie, Nikki Sanderson, Nadine Coyle, Rachel Stevens
  • Best TV Show
  • Winner: EastEnders
  • Runners up: The X Factor, The OC, Big Brother, Lost
  • TV Star Of The Year
  • Winner: The X Factor Judges - Simon/Louis/Sharon
  • Runners up: Nigel Harman, Ant and Dec, Shane Ritchie, Adam Brody
  • Best Movie
  • Movie Star Of The Year
  • Winner: Johnny Depp
  • Runners up: Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Will Smith, Chad Michael Murray
  • Best Sports Star
  • Winner: David Beckham
  • Runners up: Frank Lampard, Gavin Henson, Andrew Flintoff, Wayne Rooney
  • Most Fanciable Female
  • Most Snoggable Male
  • Best Dressed Star
  • Winner: Kylie Minogue
  • Runners Up: Rachel Stevens, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Tweedy, Jessica Simpson
  • Worst Dressed Star
  • Winner: Britney Spears
  • Runners up: Gwen Stefani, Kelly Osbourne, Paris Hilton, Jodie Marsh
  • Best Newcomers Award
Top Mop (Best Hair)
Winner: Dougie Poynter
Flop Mop (Worst Hair)
Winner: Peter Andre