Australian pop music awards are a series of inter-related national awards that gave recognition to popular musical artists and have included the Go-Set pop poll (1966-1972); TV Week King of Pop Awards (1967-1978);TV Week and Countdown Music Awards (1979-1980); the Countdown Awards (1981-1982) and Countdown Music and Video Awards (1983-1987). Early awards were based on popular voting from readers of teenage pop music newspaper Go-Set and television program guide TV Week. They were followed by responses from viewers of Countdown, a TV pop music series (1974-1987) on national broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Some of the later award ceremonies incorporated listed nominees and peer-voted awards. From 1987 the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) instituted its own peer-voted ARIA Music Awards.
Teen-oriented pop music newspaper, Go-Set was established in February 1966 and conducted an annual poll during 1966 to 1972 of its readers to determine the most popular personalities. Readers were provided with coupons to vote for their choice, with initial categories of 'Male Vocal', 'Female Vocal' and 'Group' for both Australian and International acts - in later years new categories were introduced and old categories renamed or retired.
Printed in Go-Set on 5 October 1966, pages 12 & 13.
Printed in Go-Set on 9 August 1967, pages 12 & 13. Categories were renamed, e.g. Male Vocal became Top Male Singer.
Printed in Go-Set on 19 June 1968, pages 12 & 13.
Printed in Go-Set on 28 June 1969, pages 10 & 12. Categories back to original names, e.g. Top Male Singer returns to Male Vocal.
Printed in Go-Set on 11 July 1970, pages 6 & 7. New categories introduced: Guitarist, Drummer, Composer. Ceremony for the Australian acts was held at Dallas Brooks Hall, East Melbourne, and was broadcast on 30 June by Seven Network.
|1||Johnny Farnham||Allison Durbin||The Masters Apprentices||Doug Ford||Colin Burgess||Johnny Young|
|2||Russell Morris||Wendy Saddington||Axiom||Ricky Springfield||John Dien||Jim Keays, Doug Ford|
|3||Ronnie Burns||Colleen Hewett||New Dream||Billy Green||Rick Brewer||Hans Poulsen|
|4||Alex Kadell||Liv Maessen||Town Criers||Rod Harris||Stewie Speers||Russell Morris|
|5||Normie Rowe||Yvonne Barrett||Zoot||Glenn Wheatley||Chris Easterby||Ricky Springfield|
|1||Tom Jones||Mary Hopkin||The Beatles||Eric Clapton||Ringo Starr||Paul McCartney|
|2||Elvis Presley||Lulu||Led Zeppelin||Jimmy Page||Ginger Baker||John Lennon, Paul McCartney|
|3||Paul McCartney||Diana Ross||Creedence Clearwater Revival||Jose Feliciano||John Bonham||John Lennon|
|4||Donovan||Julie Driscoll||The Rolling Stones||George Harrison||Keith Moon||Bob Dylan|
|5||Glen Campbell||Cilla Black||The Hollies||Paul McCartney||Micky Dolenz||Jimmy Webb|
|Position||Best Male Vocal||Best Girl Vocal||Best Group||Best Guitarist||Best Drummer||Best Songwriter / Composer||Best Album||Best Single||Best Bass Guitarist|
|1||Johnny Farnham||Allison Durbin||Daddy Cool||Ricky Springfield||Colin Burgess||Russell Morris||Choice Cuts - The Masters Apprentices||"Eleanor Rigby" - Zoot||Glenn Wheatley|
|2||Russell Morris||Liv Maessen||The Masters Apprentices||Doug Ford||Rick Brewer||Johnny Young||Natural High - Hans Poulsen||"Eagle Rock" - Daddy Cool||Beeb Birtles|
|3||Ronnie Burns||Colleen Hewett||Zoot||Phil Manning||Gary Young||Hans Poulsen||Virgo - Ronnie Burns||"Mr. America" - Russell Morris||Wayne Duncan|
|4||Ted Mulry||Wendy Saddington||Chain||Ross Hannaford||Mark Kennedy||Ricky Springfield||The Hoax Is Over - Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs||"Black & Blue" - Chain||Barry Sullivan|
|5||Hans Poulsen||Jenny Johnson||Spectrum||Denis Wilson||Barry Harvey||Jim Keays, Doug Ford||Spectrum Part One - Spectrum||"I'll Be Gone" - Spectrum||Duncan McGuire|
|Position||Best Male Vocal||Best Girl Vocal||Best Group||Best Guitarist||Best Drummer||Best Songwriter / Composer||Best Album||Best Bass Guitarist|
|1||Elvis Presley||Janis Joplin||Creedence Clearwater Revival||Eric Clapton||Ringo Starr||Paul McCartney||All Things Must Pass - George Harrison||Paul McCartney|
|2||Tom Jones||Melanie||The Rolling Stones||George Harrison||Ginger Baker||George Harrison||Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Joe Cocker||Stu Cook|
|3||Joe Cocker||Mary Hopkin||Patridge Family||Jimmy Page||Doug Clifford||John Lennon||Pendulum - Creedence Clearwater Revival||Andy Fraser|
|4||Elton John||Freda Payne||Deep Purple||John Fogerty||John Bonham||Elton John, Bernie Taupin||That's the Way It Is - Elvis Presley||John Paul Jones|
|5||George Harrison||Diana Ross||The Beatles||Ritchie Blackmore||Ian Paice||John Fogerty||Pearl - Janis Joplin||Roger Glover|
|1||Johnny Farnham||Colleen Hewett||Sherbet||Brian Cadd||Aztecs Live at Sunbury - Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs||"Boppin' the Blues" - Blackfeather||Robin Jolley|
|2||Russell Morris||Allison Durbin||Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs||Rick Springfield||Beginnings - Rick Springfield||"You're All Woman" - Sherbet||Johnny Christie|
|3||Rick Springfield||Alison McCallum||Blackfeather||Russell Morris||Johnny Farnham Sings the Shows||"Most People I Know" - Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs||Glen Cardier|
|4||Jeff Phillips||Wendy Saddington||Spectrum||Mike Rudd||Milesago - Spectrum||"Rock Me Baby"||Rick Springfield|
|5||Billy Thorpe||Jeannie Lewis||Daddy Cool||Johnny Young||Bloodstone - Russell Morris||"Walking the Floor on My Hands" - Johnny Farnham||Jamie Redfern|
|1||Cat Stevens||Carole King||The Rolling Stones||Cat Stevens||Teaser and the Firecat - Cat Stevens||"American Pie" - Don McLean|
|2||David Cassidy||Roberta Flack||The Bee Gees||Elton John||Thick As a Brick - Jethro Tull||"School's Out" - Alice Cooper|
|3||Elvis Presley||Melanie||Slade||Neil Diamond||Slade Alive! - Slade||"Take Me Bak 'Ome" - Slade|
|4||Joe Cocker||Janis Joplin||Creedence Clearwater Revival||Paul McCartney||Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden - Elvis Presley||"Puppy Love" - Donny Osmond|
|5||Rod Stewart||Karen Carpenter||Led Zeppelin||John Lennon||American Pie - Don McLean||"Long Cool Woman" - The Hollies|
Teen-oriented pop music newspaper, Go-Set was established in February 1966 and conducted an annual poll of its readers to determine the most popular personalities. In 1967 the most popular performer was Normie Rowe and when the results were televised on the unrelated The Go!! Show there was a crowning of Rowe as 'King of Pop'. In the following years, TV Week provided coupons for readers to vote for their choice, a similar system had been in use for TV's Logie Awards since 1960. The 'King of Pop' awards ceremony was broadcast by the 0-10 Network from 1967 to 1975, and from 1976 to 1978 by the Nine Network. On the 0-10 Network, from 1972, it was run by Johnny Young's production company (Lewis-Young Productions) which also provided Young Talent Time.
Durbin is often referred to as the 'Queen of Pop',[nb 1] however:
I never in fact won a queen of pop award. the award was called The King of Pop awards, so that's when it was the Go Set [awards]. And it continued on to TV week.
|TV Week King of Pop Awards|
|Presented by||TV Week|
Ceremony details: Held on 25 October 1974, guest presenters: David Cassidy, Gary Glitter. A compilation album titled King of Pop '74-'75 was released with tracks supplied by previous winners and guest presenters. Next to the list of various artists, the cover depicts the trophy that was presented to award winners.
|TV Week / Countdown Music Awards|
|Presented by||TV Week, Countdown|
|First awarded||1980 (for 1979 works)|
|Last awarded||1981 (for 1980 works)|
Countdown was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster ABC-TV from 1974-1987, it presented music awards from 1979-1987, initially in conjunction with magazine TV Week which had sponsored the previously existing 'King of Pop' Awards. The TV Week/Countdown Rock Music Awards were a combination of popular-voted and peer-voted awards.
The award year below relates to the year of achievement and not the year they were presented.
Ceremony details: Held on 13 April 1980, broadcast on Countdown by ABC-TV, the TV Week Rock Music Awards for 1979 presented a revamped awards ceremony with 'King of Pop' title replaced by 'Most Popular Male' and 'Queen of Pop' replaced by 'Most Popular Female'. Hosted by Glen Shorrock of Little River Band, there were three live performances: Christie Allen "He's My Number One", Australian Crawl "Beautiful People" and Split Enz "I Got You". Various music industry personalities explained the categories, announced nominees and presented the 1979 awards. 'Most Popular' awards were voted for by readers of TV Week sending in printed coupons, with the three highest reader responses read out as nominations. Industry awards were voted for by radio programme directors, rock magazine editors and journalists. Presenters included Darryl Cotton, Richard Gower (Racey), John O'Keefe (son of Johnny O'Keefe), John Farnham, Colleen Hewett, Graeme Strachan, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, and Harry Casey (KC & the Sunshine Band).
Ceremony details: Held on 16 March 1981 at Regent Theatre Sydney, and broadcast on 22 March, it was hosted by Countdown host Ian "Molly" Meldrum and international guests Suzi Quatro and Jermaine Jackson. Presenters included: Lee Simons, Donnie Sutherland, Marc Hunter, James Freud, Graham Russell, Russell Hitchcock and David Tickle. Performers were: Split Enz "History Never Repeats",Flowers "Icehouse",The Swingers "Counting the Beat", Air Supply "Lost in Love", "Every Woman in the World" and "All Out of Love", Australian Crawl "The Boys Light Up".Cold Chisel performed the last live number, "My Turn to Cry", to close the show and then trashed their instruments and the set. Sponsors TV Week withdrew their support for the awards and Countdown held its own awards ceremonies thereafter.
|Countdown Music and Video Awards|
|First awarded||1982 (for 1981 works)|
|Last awarded||1987 (for 1986 works)|
Countdown was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster ABC-TV from 1974-1987, it presented music awards from 1979-1987, initially in conjunction with magazine TV Week which had sponsored the previously existing 'King of Pop' Awards. After Cold Chisel performed at the 1980 awards ceremony, and then trashed their instruments and the set, sponsors TV Week withdrew their support and Countdown held its own awards ceremonies until the 1986 awards which were broadcast in 1987. The awards ceremony was co-produced by Carolyn James (a.k.a. Carolyn Bailey) during 1981-1984 in collaboration with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which provided peer voting for some awards. Countdown provided coupons in the related Countdown Magazine for viewers to vote for some awards including 'Most Popular Male Performer', 'Most Popular Female Performer', 'Most Popular Group' and 'Most Popular International Act'. From 1987 ARIA instituted its own entirely peer-voted ARIA Music Awards.
The award year below relates to the year of achievement and not the year they were presented.
Ceremony details: Broadcast on 18 April 1982, hosted by Ian "Molly" Meldrum with presenters: Greedy Smith, Ross Wilson, Michael Hutchence, Duran Duran, Sharon O'Neill, Renée Geyer, John Swan, John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite, Alex Smith and Angry Anderson. Performers were: Men at Work, Sharon O'Neill, Renée Geyer, Mental As Anything, Billy Field, Mondo Rock and the Divinyls.
Ceremony details: Held on 19 April 1983.
Ceremony details: Held on 15 April 1984 at the Palais Theatre, presenters included: Ross Wilson, Glen Shorrock, Pat Wilson, Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Greg Ham, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, Jon Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Marc Hunter, Billy Idol. Live performers: Kids in the Kitchen "Bitter Desire", Models "I Hear Motion", Ross Wilson and Pat Wilson "Strong Love", Pseudo Echo "A Beat for You", Billy Idol "Rebel Yell", Tim Finn "In a Minor Key". The closing live performance was by an ensemble including Shorrock, Lynne Randell, Jim Keays, Darryl Cotton, Debbie Byrne, Strachan, Keith Lamb, John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite, and Hunter to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Johnny O'Keefe's version of "Shout!".
Ceremony details: Held on 19 May 1985 at Sydney Entertainment Centre, and broadcast on 25 May, it was hosted by Greedy Smith, presenters included: Brian Mannix, Meat Loaf, Vicki O'Keefe, Sharon O'Neill, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, Nik Kershaw, Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch (Eurogliders), Julian Lennon, Jenny Morris, Sean Kelly and James Freud (Models), Alan Johnson and Danny Simcic (Real Life), Suzanne Dowling (Rock Arena TV show host).INXS won seven awards and closed with a live performance of "Burn for You", dressed in Akubras (hats) and Drizabones (outdoor coats/oilskin jackets).
Award winners and nominees:
Ceremony details: Held on 14 April 1986 at Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre, and broadcast on 20 April, it was hosted by Ian "Molly" Meldrum and presenters included: Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch (Eurogliders), Rick Mayall and Ben Elton (The Young Ones), Sting, Vince Sorrenti, Brad Robinson, Zan Abeyratne, Richard Page, Iva Davies, Brian Canham, Brian Mannix, Tim Finn, Dee C Lee, Suzanne Dowling and Bob Geldof. Performers were: Pseudo Echo "Living in a Dream", Eurogliders "Absolutely", Do-Ré-Mi "Theme from Jungle Jim", Kids in the Kitchen "Current Stand", Mr. Mister "Kyrie", Models "Let's Build it Up", I'm Talking "Do You Wanna Be?". At the awards ceremony fans of INXS and Uncanny X-Men scuffled and as a result ARIA decided to hold their own awards, which were the entirely peer-voted ARIA Music Awards first held in 1987.
Ceremony details: Held on 19 July 1987 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre; it followed the last regular Countdown show. It was hosted by Ian "Molly" Meldrum who revealed his bald head in imitation of Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil. Performers included: Icehouse "Crazy",Angry Anderson "Suddenly",Mental As Anything "He's Just No Good", Boom Crash Opera "City Flat", John Farnham "You're the Voice" and English pop group, Swing Out Sister "Breakout".
By the time of the last Countdown award ceremony, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) had already instituted its own entirely peer-voted ARIA Music Awards, with its first ceremony held on 2 March 1987 at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in Sydney.Elton John was the host but the ARIAs were not televised with presenters including Basia Bonkowski, Slim Dusty and Donnie Sutherland.