64th Japan Record Awards without AKB48 Group & Sakamichi Series

#AKB48, #乃木坂46 – The Japan Composer’s Association announced the winners and nominees of this year’s 64th Japan Record Awards on 16 November 2022. This year, neither Idol groups of Japan’s AKB48 Group nor Sakamichi46 Series were honored. This marks the end of one of the longest series at the Japan Record Awards after 12 years. AKB48 first won the Excellent Works Award in 2010 with their single “Beginner” and won the award every year until 2021. Furthermore, the group won the Grand Prix twice. Nogizaka46 won the “Excellent Works Award” for the first time in 2017 with her single “Influenzer” and also won the award annually until 2021. Furthermore, they also won the Grand Prix twice.  Japanese TV station TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) will broadcast the award ceremony live on 30 December 2021.

Criteria for the Japan Records Awards.

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

64th Japan Record Awards – Winners/Nominees

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

  • New Genesis – Ado
  • Kimi Wo Ubai Saritai – Junretsu
  • CLAP CLAP – NiziU
  • Dance Hall – Mrs. GREEN APPLE
  • Star Mine – Da-iCE
  • Nandemo Naiyo – Macaroni Enpitsu
  • Bye-Good-Bye – BE:FIRST
  • Habit – SEKAI NO OWARI
  • Koidaro – wacci
  • Koushuuji – Hikawa Kiyoshi

Best New Artist Nominations

  • Ishikawa Hanna
  • OCHA NORMA
  • Tanaka Aimi
  • Tani Yuuki

Special Award

  • Ado Aimer
  • Otokogumi
  • King Gnu
  • Kep1er
  • DA PUMP
  • yuzu 

Special International Music Award

  • SEVENTEEN

Japan Composer’s Association Award

  • Fujii Kawai

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Kawaguchi Makoto
  • Kobayashi Asei
  • Sakai Masatoshi
  • Sakamoto Sumiko
  • Jerry Fujio
  • Sugiyama Koichi
  • Terauchi Takeshi

Best Vocal Performance Award

  • Miura Daichi

Japan Composer’s Association