Winners and Nominees for the 62nd 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 Grammy’s are in the United States and it can be considered a great honor to be selected for any award on the list below.

Of particular note among this year’s Song of the Year Nominations are Eito’s “Kousui”, LiSA’s “Homura”, Nogizaka46’s “Sekaijuu no Rinjin yo”, Kiyoshi Hikawa’s “Haha”, and DISH//’s “Neko ~THE FIRST TAKE ver.~”. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Album-related awards, along with the Composition, Songwriting (Lyrics), and Arrangement prizes, among others, have not been awarded at this time.

The 62nd 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 coveted 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.

-’62nd Japan Record Awards’ Winners/Nominees-

“Song of the Year” (Grand Prix) Nominations

  • Daichi Miura – I’m Here
  • Junretsu – Ai wo Kudasai ~Don’t you cry~
  • Little Glee Monster – Ashiato
  • Eito – Kousui
  • Nogizaka46 – Sekaijuu no Rinjin yo
  • DISH// – Neko ~THE FIRST TAKE ver.~
  • AKB48 – Hanareteitemo
  • Kiyoshi Hikawa – Haha
  • DA PUMP – Fantasista
  • LiSA – Homura

Best New Artist Nominations

  • Naoki Sanada
  • Novelbright
  • Mameshiba no Taigun
  • Rin-ne

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, excellent planning, 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.

Special Achievement Award

  • Uru
  • Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • NiziU
  • Seiko Matsuda
  • Kenshi Yonezu

Special International Music Award

  • BTS

Best Vocal Performance

  • Kouhei Fukuda

Special Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Michiyo Azusa
  • Shingo Kobayashi
  • Jackey Yoshikawa
  • Kyouhei Tsutsumi
  • Katsuhisa Hattori
  • Mieko Hirota
  • Toshiaki Maeda
  • Masahito Maruyama

(via natalie)