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Arashi takes home the 'Artist of the Year' at the 'JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD' for the 7th time

TH STAFF

The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced the winners of 'THE 35th JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD.'

Awards are based on sales numbers, and the winners of this year were chosen from data compiled between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The 'Artist of the Year' award, which goes to the artist with the biggest sales for the year, went to popular group Arashi, who went on hiatus after December 31, 2020. This is the group's seventh time winning this award.

Check out the winners of each category below!

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[THE 35th JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD]

- ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Arashi (Japanese)
  • Queen (Western)

- BEST ASIAN ARTIST

  • BTS

- BEST ENKA/KAYOKYOKU ARTIST

  • Hikawa Kiyoshi

- NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • SixTONES (Japanese)
  • Jawsh 685 (Western)
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER (Asia)

- BEST 5 NEW ARTISTS (Japanese)

  • JO1
  • SixTONES
  • Snow Man
  • NiziU
  • YOASOBI

- BEST 3 NEW ARTISTS (Western)

  • Surfaces
  • Jawsh 685
  • DaBaby

- BEST 3 NEW ARTISTS (Asia)

  • Stray Kids
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER

- BEST ENKA/KAYOKYOKU NEW ARTIST

  • Futami Soichi

- ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "STRAY SHEEP" - Yonezu Kenshi (Japanese)
  • "Chromatica" - Lady Gaga (Western)
  • "MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 ~THE JOURNEY~" - BTS (Asia)

- BEST 5 ALBUMS

  • "This is Arashi" - Arashi
  • "L&" - King & Prince
  • "CEREMONY" - King Gnu
  • "Strawberry Prince" - Sutoburi
  • "STRAY SHEEP" - Yonezu Kenshi

- BEST 3 ALBUMS (Western)

  • "Folklore" - Taylor Swift
  • "McCartney III" - Paul McCartney
  • "Chromatica" - Lady Gaga

- BEST 3 ALBUMS (Asia)

  • "24H" - SEVENTEEN
  • "MAP OF THE SOUL : 7" - BTS
  • "MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 ~ THE JOURNEY ~'" - BTS

- CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "John Williams Live in Vienna" - John Williams

- INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "Bluesman" - Matsumoto Takahiro

- JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "MISIA SOUL JAZZ BEST 2020" - MISIA

- SOUNDTRACK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Original Soundtrack"

- ANIMATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Gagakushu to Monogatari -Anata to Watashi to-" - V.A.

- TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "Ginei 2020 Nendo (Dai 56 Kai) Columbia Zenkoku Ginei Concour Kadai Gin" - Nippon Columbia Ginei Ongaku Kai

- CONCEPT ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "ROMANCE" - Miyamoto Hiroji

- SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • "Imitation Rain / D.D." - SixTONES vs Snow Man
  • "D.D. / Imitation Rain" - Snow Man vs SixTONES

- BEST 5 SINGLES

  • "Kite" - Arashi
  • "Shitsuren, Arigato" - AKB48
  • "D.D. / Imitation Rain" - Snow Man vs SixTONES
  • "KISSIN' MY LIPS / Stories" - Snow Man
  • "Shiawase no Hogoshoku" - Nogizaka46

- MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • "ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×20" Arashi (Japanese)
  • "Steel Wheels Live" - The Rolling Stones (Western)
  • "BTS WORLD TOUR 'LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF' -JAPAN EDITION" - BTS

- BEST 3 MUSIC VIDEOS

  • "ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×20" - Arashi 
  • "King & Prince CONCERT TOUR 2019" - King & Prince
  • "Sugao4" - Johnny's Jr.

- SONG OF THE YEAR BY DOWNLOAD

  • "I LOVE..." - Official HIGE DANdism (Japanese)
  • "Closer (Tokyo Remix) (feat. Arata Mackenyu)" - Ed Sheeran & Justin Beiber (Western)
  • "Dynamite" - BTS (Asia)

- BEST 5 SONGS BY DOWNLOAD

  • "Hadaka no Kokoro" - Aimyon
  • "I LOVE..." - Official HIGE DANdism
  • "Make you happy" - NiziU
  • "Kanden" - Yonezu Kenshi
  • "Homura" - LiSA

- SONG OF THE YEAR BY STREAMING

  • "I LOVE..." - Official HIGE DANdism (Japanese)
  • "Closer (Tokyo Remix) (feat. Arata Mackenyu)" - Ed Sheeran & Justin Beiber (Western)
  • "Dynamite" - BTS (Asia)

- BEST 5 SONGS BY STREAMING

  • "Hadaka no Kokoro" - Aimyon
  • "I LOVE..." - Official HIGE DANdism
  • "Make you happy" - NiziU
  • "Dynamite" - BTS
  • "Homura" - LiSA

- SPECIAL AWARD

  • "Kousui" - Eito
  • LiSA
  1. Arashi
  2. THE 35TH JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD
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