LOS ANGELES - The Eagles, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder, winning awards for best group, best female and male vocalist, respectively, led the list of honorees in the first annual Rock Music Awards which aired live on CBS from the Santa Monica Civic Center here August 9. The awards show was hosted by Elton John and Diana Ross, and presenters included Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Olivia Newton John, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Bernie Taupin and Ella Fitzgerald. Don Kirshner served as executive producer.
With the exception of the Eagles, whose Glen Frey and Don Henley (along with J.D. Souther) were also recipients of best song composer awards for "Best Of My Love," no one artist won in more than one category, a rare occurrence in this era of the awards show sweep.
Entertainment between presentations was provided by Chuck Berry, the Manhattan Transfer, Labelle and via filmclip, the Rolling Stones and the Edgar Winter Group. The venerable Nelson Riddle served as musical director.
Winners of the first "Rockies" were as follows:
New Female Vocalist - Phoebe Snow; Female Vocalist - Joni Mitchell; New Male Vocalist - Dan Fogelberg; Male Vocalist - Stevie Wonder; Group - Eagles; New Group - Bad Company; Producer - George Martin; Composer - Don Henley, Glen Frey and J.D. Souther for "Best Of My Love;" R&B Single - "Lady Marmalade (Labelle);" R&B Album - "That's The Way of The World" (Earth, Wind and Fire): Public Service Award - Joan Baez; Rock Personality of the Year - Elton John; Rock Music Hall of Fame - Chuck Berry; Single Record - "You're No Good" (Linda Ronstadt); Album - "Blood on the Tracks" (Bob Dylan); Rock Movie or Theatrical Presentation - "Tommy."
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