Friday, December 11, 1998 Published at 19:43 GMT
Boy power rules Planet Pop
Boyzone: Romped home with six awards
Boy Power has come out on top in one of Britain's top pop polls - as all-male groups Boyzone and 5ive shared the spoils in this year's Smash Hits readers poll.
Boyzone topped six categories including Best Band on Planet Pop while 5ive - created by Bob and Chris Herbert, the men who were originally behind the Spice Girls - were Best British Band.
But All Saints and the Spice Girls got barely a mention between them.
But 16-year-old sensation Billie won three awards, and Irish female foursome B*Witched were voted best Newcomers.
The results have been released ahead of the star-studded Smash Hits Poll Winners Party in London on Sunday - to be broadcast live on BBC One at 1500 GMT.
Boyzone won six awards in 1992 - but their change of fortune is partly down to Lord Lloyd-Webber. They won Best Single for No Matter What, taken from his musical Whistle Down The Wind.
Frontman Ronan Keating won Best-Dressed Male, Prince of Pop and Most Fanciable Male on the Planet.
"It's a proud feeling the fans still want us after what we've been through - the three of us being married, two of us with kids and one with a kid on the way.
"It shows the music is definitely part of what's going on, not just the image."
Ronan and his model wife Yvonne are expecting their first baby next year.
Lord Lloyd-Webber is also proud of Boyzone's success - but still fuming at the way record company Polydor deleted No Matter What from the charts by reducing its price.
"I am so pleased Smash Hits readers have voted for No Matter What. It is such a pity that because Polydor have eliminated it from the charts it has not been given a chance of becoming the biggest selling record of the year."
The only Spice Girls prize was Best Haircut for Posh Spice Victoria Adams.
The results in full:
Best Band On Planet Pop: Boyzone (2, 5ive; 3, Backstreet Boys)
Prince of Pop: Ronan Keating from Boyzone (2, Nick from Backstreet Boys; 3, Robbie Williams)
Princess of Pop: Billie
Best Male Solo Star: Robbie Williams
Best Female Solo Star: Billie
Best British Band: 5ive
Best Non-British Act: Backstreet Boys
Best New Act: B*Witched
Best Single: No Matter What, Boyzone
Best Album: 5ive by 5ive
Most Fanciable Female On The Planet: Louise
Best Dressed Male: Ronan Keating, Boyzone
Best Dressed Female: Billie
Best Pop Video: No Matter What, Boyzone
Best Album Cover: 5ive by 5ive
Hero/Heroine of the year: Michael Owen
Sports Star: Michael Owen
Best Disc Jockey: Dr Fox (Capital FM and Pepsi Chart)
Best Television Programme:EastEnders
Best Television Actress: Martine McCutcheon
Best Television Actor: Adam Rickitt
Best Film: Titanic
Best Film Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Film Actress: Kate Winslet
Best Female Haircut: Victoria Adams from the Spice Girls
Best Male Haircut: Scott from 5ive
Worst Group: Hanson
Worst Male Singer: Peter Andre
Worst Female Singer: Billie
Worst Single: Because We Want To, Billie
Worst Album: Honey To The B, Billie
Worst Video: Viva Forever, Spice Girls
Worst Film: Spice World, Spice Girls
Worst TV Programme: Emmerdale
Worst Actor: Adam Rickitt
Worst Person On Radio: Chris Evans
Worst Dressed Person: Robbie Williams
Most Tragic Haircut: Lee from 911
Sad Loser of 1998: Billie
Least Fanciable Person: Peter Andre
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