The awards honor artists, both Japanese and foreign, who had achieved best results in Billboard Japan charts during the year. Different awards are based on different formulas, combining both chart data and votes from the public. The main award, Artist of the Year, is determined solely by popular vote.
The awards are given at an annual awards show featuring performances by celebrated artists. The first awards ceremony was held in 2010.
Billboard Japan Hot 100 of the Year
Billboard Japan Hot Albums of the Year (since 2015)
Billboard Japan Top Single Sales of the Year
Billboard Japan Radio Songs of the Year (formerly Airplay of the Year)
Billboard Japan Hot Animation of the Year (since 2011)
Billboard Japan Hot Overseas of the Year (since 2014)
Billboard Japan Top Albums Sales of the Year
Billboard Japan Top Jazz Albums of the Year
Billboard Japan Artist of the Year
Billboard Japan Top Pop Artist
Billboard Japan Jazz Artist of the Year
Billboard Japan Classic Artist of the Year
Billboard Japan Animation Artist of the Year
Billboard Japan Independent Artist of the Year
Billboard Japan Digital and Airplay Overseas of the Year (2011–2014, changed to Hot Overseas of the Year)
Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary of the Year (until 2014)
Billboard Japan Independent of the Year (until 2014)
Billboard Japan Overseas Soundtrack Albums (until 2014)
The awards ceremony has taken place in December–February. The 2009 and 2010 awards were broadcast on Fuji TV Next, since 2011 on Osaka TV and Tokyo TV.