Winners and Nominees for the 58th Japan Record Awards Announced

Today TBS (the Tokyo Broadcasting System) has published both this year’s set of winners for the Japan Record Awards as well as the nominees for the Song of the Year and Best New Artist categories.  The Japan Record Awards are a Japanese music awards show akin to what the Grammies are in the United States and it can be considered a great honor to be selected for any award on the list below.  It should be noted, however, that these honors have been somewhat tarnished by the allegations that the top award can be bought and paid for.

Of particular note among this year’s Song of the Year Nominations are AKB48’s “365 Nichi ni Kami Hikouki”, Kiyoshi Hikawa’s “Miren Kokoro”, Kana Nishino’s “Anata no Suki na Tokoro”, and Kenta Kiritani’s “Umi no Koe”.  Also worth mentioning is the recipient of this year’s Album of the Year award:  Hikaru Utada’s “Fantome”, her first full album release in over eight years.

The 58th Japan Record Awards will air on December 30th, which is when we’ll find out who this year’s Best New Artist will be, as well as which of the song nominations will receive the Grand Prix award.  Please read on below for a look at the full list of winners and nominees and a healthy congratulations to each and every one of them.

-’58th Japan Record Awards′ Winners/Nominees-

“Song of the Year” (Grand Prix) Nominations

  • Kana Nishino – Anata no Suki na Tokoro
  • Kenta Kiritani – Umi no Koe
  • Fuyumi Sakamoto – Onna wa Dakarete Ayu ni Naru
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Sai & Ko
  • AKB48 – 365 Nichi no Kami Hikouki
  • AAA – Namida no Nai Sekai
  • Hikaru Utada – Hanataba wo Kimi ni
  • Mariya Nishiuchi – BELIEVE
  • Kiyoshi Hikawa – Miren Kokoro
  • Ikimonogakari – Last Scene

Best New Artist Nominations

  • iKON
  • Satoshi Hayashibe
  • Mizuki Hayama

Comments from Committee Chairperson Fumihiko Sasomori (Nikkan Sports Shimbun):  The Grand Prix is meant to be bestowed upon a work which is not only strongly supported by the populace, but also possessed of artistic excellence, originality, was well-planned, and is truly reflective of the year in which it wins.  It is an award that is supposed to encompass more than the popularity of an artist or a particular track and also consider how the song in question has reached people of different generations.  The Newcomer Award is designed to recognize an artist whom has both the support of the masses as well as promise for the future.  Though Enka artists often take longer than Pop artists to flourish, we consider them for this award with equal measure.

Album of the Year

  • Hikaru Utada – Fantome

Album Excellence Award

  • Gen Hoshino – YELLOW DANCER
  • Spitz – Samenai
  • back number – Chandelier
  • Taro Hakase – JOY OF LIFE

Comments from Committee Chairperson Issei Tomizawa (Music Critic):  The works selected for this honor are not able to simply be arranged in order from first to fifth place.  It is actually most analogous to the “Best Nine” awards given to those players whom are best in each specific position in Japanese baseball.  For example, we work to consider albums in such categories as “remarkable sales”, or an act (young or seasoned) demonstrating particular artistic skill, and pick the record which we believe stands strongest among its peers.  From this group of five superb albums (the best in their field), we – the judges – sit down and have a discussion to decide which of them best represents the year.

Japan Composer’s Association Award

  • Sanae Jounouchi
  • Yutaka Yamakawa

Best Vocalist Award

  • Suzuki Masayuki

Special Award

  • RADWIMPS (for their work on the film “Kimi no Na wa.”)
  • Shiro Sagisu, Akira Ifukube (for their work on the film “Shin Godzilla”)

Special Topic Award

  • Piko-Taro – PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen)

Special Honor Award

  • Toru Funamura

Composition Award

  • Chiaki Oka (Mika Shinno – “Inochi no Koi”)

Verse (Lyrics) Award

  • Fumihiko Hara (Kaori Kozai – “Shuurenka”)

Arrangement Award


Planning Award

  • Various Artists – “Akaran-kun”
  • Yamazaki Ikusaburo – “1936 ~your songs~”
  • Ryuun Nagai – “Kaerimite”
  • Various Artists – “The Peanuts Tribute Songs”
  • BEGIN – “Sugar Cane Cable Network”
  • JUJU – “Snack JUJU ~Yoru no Request~” & “Roppongi Shinjuu / Love Is Over”
  • Mitsuko Nakamura – “Chohen Kayo Rokyoku Muho Matsu no Koi ~Matsugoro to Yoshioka Fujin~”
  • Izumi Yukimura with Hibari Misora & Chiemi Eri – “Too Young”
  • Ranka – “Tokyo Koibumi”
  • Miki Matsukawa – “Miki no Uta no Tabi…”

Achievement Award

  • Isao Saito
  • Daisuke Shiga
  • Kiyoko Suizenji
  • Masao Sen
  • Shunichi Makaino

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Yumi Ito (The Peanuts)
  • Rokusuke Ei
  • Tetsu Kisou (Dark Ducks)
  • Tooru Sasaki (Dark Ducks)
  • Isao Tomita

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  • Comments

    • ari

      no LDH lmfao

      • H

        It’s distancing themselves from the scandal, even though the JRA happily accepted bribes in the past lol.

      • aaa

        All of their songs that released this year are not good enough to dominate.

        • xameix

          Sadly I agree 😩😩

    • Thomas

      I’m gonna laugh my ass off if Hanataba wo Kimi ni wins song of the year lol. She chose the least interesting song on Fantôme as the lead single + got nominated for the grand prix award. Then again, the competition is even less interesting tbh…

      • H

        I agree but it was only the lead song because it had a giant tie up that started months before we had news of an album…

        • Thomas

          that + her team probably decided it’s best to release something more generic to appeal to as many people as possible. They had no idea how the general public would react after 8 years so they played safe.

          • H

            That and asadora songs tend to have to be that way because their target audience is people of all ages + has to be the sort of song Japanese people want to hear in the morning.

    • Guillermo Padrón Reyes

      It’s gonna be between Hikki and Kenta Kiritani, but I think this last will be the winner. Umi no koe is already a must on japanese music history. Anyway, Utada deserve to win at least once in her career.

      Utada Hikaru is the name of the year. Let’s see if she finally perform live.

      • Thomas

        2000 – The Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of The Year (Automatic, Movin’ on Without You, Addicted to You)
        2001 – The Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of The Year (Wait & See (Risk), For You/Time Limit)
        2002 – The 16th annual Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of The Year (Can You Keep a Secret? & Traveling)
        2003 – The Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of The Year (Hikari, Sakura Drops, & Colors)
        2005 – The Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of The Year (Dareka no negai ga Kanau Koro
        2006 – The 20th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of the Year (Be My Last)
        2008 – The 22nd Japan Gold Disc Awards – Single of the Year (“Flavor Of Life”)

        • HyperMoot .

          The Japan Gold Disc Awards: RIAJ
          The Japan Record Awards: Japan Composer’s Association

        • nomi

          i don’t think Utada has ever won the JRA, Gold Disc is different

          • HyperMoot .

            she did once, First Love in 1999

          • Thomas

            Yep, sorry, mixed that up lol

      • PigeonPop

        I’m honestly chuckling at the fact that they are finally giving Utada AOTY again after completely snubbing Distance, Deep River, Ultra Blue, and Heart Station. Talk about blatantly trying to save face…

        The Grand Prix selections are quite disastrous as usual (RADWIMPS shoved into “Special Award”, Gen only receiving Album Excellence etc.). Bunshun already “leaked” AAA as this year’s Grand Prix shoe-in and Kana as Burning’s pick so I think the jurying committee will avoid picking them to be safe.

    • Why the hell is Big Bang getting an award? What did they release?

      • monica_monami

        Maybe for the concert attendance record XD jk

        • But is this the place for that?

    • xameix

      I feel like for the Big Bang special award they were randomly threw in there. Like what the hell!!?? what did they do this year.

      • Game

        They did nothing. This is a “sorry you’re getting yourselves enlisted next year. Goodbye” award.

    • sayamiru

      Hell yeah the power of 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki!
      It’s not even a single and released last year lmaooo

    • MJBeatles

      Well…. Adding onto the fact that BigBang hasn’t released a single since 2010, BigBang certainly got a better farewell goodbye stage then Tohoshinki ever had which was a plain Music Station…. I have a feeling this pity stage is going to land BigBang a spot in Kohaku as well….

      • Game

        BigBang Kohaku? Not a freaking chance.

    • The real battle for song of the year is between Utada, Kiritani and AKB48. Good, because songs are good too.