Winners and Nominations of the 62nd Japan Record Awards announced

The Japan Composer’s Association announced the winners and nominations for this year’s 62nd Japan Record Awards on 20 November 2020. The Japanese idol groups AKB48, Nogizaka46 and Little Glee Monster are winners of the “Excellent Works Award” and thus nominated for the main prize. Of particular importance to the committee in selecting this year’s nominations for the “Excellent Works Award” were the works of Eito “Kousui”, LiSA  “Homura”, Nogizaka46  “Sekaijuu no Rinjin yo”, Kiyoshi Hikawa “Haha” and DISH// “Neko ~THE FIRST TAKE ver.~”. Due to the Covid-19 situation, some awards like Best Album will not be awarded this year. The Japanese television station TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) will broadcast the award ceremony live on 30 December 2020.

Kriterien für die Japan Records Awards

Comment by Committee Chairman Fumihiko Sasomori (Nikkan Sports Shimbun): The “Excellent Works Award” should be given to a work that is not only particularly popular with the public, but also has artistic excellence, originality and outstanding planning and represents the year in which it was published. It is an award that is intended to cover more than the popularity of an artist or a particular song, and also how the piece in question has reached people of different generations.

62st Japan Record Awards – Winners/Nominees

“Excellent Works Award” (Grand Prix): Nominees for Grand Prix

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

Best New Artist Nominations

  • Sanada Naoki
  • Novelbright
  • Mameshiba no Taigun
  • Rinne

Special Award

  • Sanada Naoki
  • Novelbright
  • Mameshiba no Taigun
  • Rinne

Special International Music Award

  • BTS

Best Vocalist Award

  • Fukuda Kouhei

Lifetime Achievement Award

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