Smash Hits Poll Winners and Party
Smash Hits started to run it's Annual Poll Winnes 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 in to 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 weere printed in either February or March of the next year. However in 1982 the results were printed in the 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 magazines 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.
By selecting the appropriate year you can then find out the Winners (and Runners Up) of that year and relive the experience.
Poll Winners for 1978-1984, 1988-1990 and 1996 have been moved to the new site which is here:
2002 is Under Construction
Star Hits - Poll Winners Poll
Smash Hits in the UK had been running their Annual Poll Winners Poll results for the 6th time in 1985 swhen their sister magazine Star Hits published their first Poll Results in May 1985.
Like their sister magazine the Poll was voted for by their readers.
Below are the pages that I have.
If anyone out there has any others (on either Star Hits or Smash HIts Australia) that they are willing to share then please let me know.