Billboard Japan Music Awards

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Billboard Japan Music Awards
Awarded for Achievements in music
Country Japan
Presented by Billboard Japan
First awarded 2009

Billboard Japan Music Awards are an annual set of music awards, founded by Billboard Japan , the Japanese online edition of the music magazine Billboard . [1]

Billboard JAPAN is a sister organization of the U.S.-based music magazine Billboard. It is operated by the Japanese Osaka-based company Hanshin Contents Link, holding an exclusive licence from Billboard's parent company to the Billboard brand name in Japan, and manages, among others, the web site and several "Billboard Live"-branded music clubs located in the country.

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<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.


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. [2] The main award, Artist of the Year, is determined solely by popular vote. [3]

The awards are given at an annual awards show featuring performances by celebrated artists. The first awards ceremony was held in 2010.

Award categories

Music categories
  • 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
Artist categories
  • 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
Former categories
  • 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)

Award ceremonies

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.


Award recipients

Hot 100 of the Year

Bz Japanese rock band

B'z is a Japanese rock duo, consisting of guitarist, composer and producer Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto and vocalist and lyricist Koshi Inaba, known for their energetic hard rock tracks and pop rock ballads. B'z is one of the best-selling music artists in the world and the best-selling in their native Japan, having released 49 consecutive No. 1 singles, 25 No. 1 albums, 3 No. 1 EPs on the Oricon music charts and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Ichibu to Zenbu/Dive single

"Ichibu to Zenbu/Dive" is the forty-sixth single by B'z, released on August 5, 2009 as a double A-side. This is one of the many number-one singles by B'z at Oricon Singles Chart. It was a long hit, staying in the top 5 and the top 10 for 8 consecutives weeks. It also reached number one on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 and the Top Singles Sales chart. On December 10, 2009, it was announced that the single won the "Hot 100 of the Year" award at the Billboard Japan Music Awards.

Arashi are a Japanese boy band consisting of five members formed under the Johnny & Associates talent agency. The members are Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun. Arashi officially formed on September 15, 1999, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and made their debut CD on November 3, 1999. The group was initially signed to Pony Canyon and released one studio album and six singles—beginning with their 1999 eponymous debut single before moving to the Johnny's subsidiary label J Storm in 2001, which was initially set up for their succeeding releases. While their debut single sold close to a million copies, the group took a mixture of pop and alternate/contemporary approach to its music which attracted core followers, but subsequently faced commercially slow sales.

Artist of the Year

Exile (Japanese band) 19-member Japanese boy band

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Kana Nishino is a Japanese singer and songwriter signed with SME Records' Newcome Inc. She debuted on February 20, 2008, with the single "I". CNN said that she was the favorite singer of teenage girls in Shibuya, Tokyo, signalling Sony's jump on the bandwagon effect started by Avex. They sold 6 million copies in Japan.

Active Artist of the Year

HY (band) band

HY is a Japanese rock band formed in 2000 by five high school friends from Okinawa. Their name comes from the initials of their hometown, Higashi Yakena. The band's popularity rose rapidly after a series of street performances; their debut album, Departure, released on 22 September 2001 (Okinawa-only), sold out immediately. In 2003, the band conducted a joint live performance with Linkin Park.

Morning Musume Japanese girl group

Morning Musume '19, formerly simply Morning Musume and colloquially referred to as Momusu, are a Japanese female idol group, holding the second highest overall single sales on the Oricon charts as of February 2012, with the Oricon record of most top ten singles with an amount of 64, and they have sold over 21 million copies in Japan alone.

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