The Beatles (Toshiba/EMI) won the international artist of the year on the strength of the top-selling "1" greatest hits album at the Recording Industry Association Of Japan's 15th annual Gold Disc Awa

The Beatles (Toshiba/EMI) won the international artist of the year on the strength of the top-selling "1" greatest hits album at the Recording Industry Association Of Japan's 15th annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony in Tokyo this week. The awards are based on sales for the period between Feb. 1, 2000, and Jan. 31, 2001.

Female idol singer Ayumi Hamasaki (Avex) was named domestic artist of the year. In the best new domestic artist category, the winners included Love Psychedelico (Victor Entertainment), Hana Hana (Warner Music Japan), and Rize (Sony Records). The best new international artist was Tahiti 80 (Victor Entertainment).

Awards went to 14 albums in the best domestic rock album of the year category, including Mai Kuraki's "Delicious Way" (Giza), "Shoso Strip" by Ringo Shina (Toshiba/EMI), and "Sakura No Kinoshita" by Aiko (Pony Canyon). "Crush" by Bon Jovi (Universal Music K.K.) received the foreign rock album of the year title.

The ceremony was broadcast live nationwide on NHK satellite TV.