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EXILE and AKB48 performance were the most watched performances of the 66th Annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen

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For the 66th annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen, the two most watched performances were EXILE (43.4%) and AKB48 (43.0%). And many have wondered how the Love Live! μ’s performance went….they received a 38.2% rating which is great!

Meanwhile, in Nagoya, EXILE received a 46.9%, tied with the Star Wars/Arashi collaboration. While AKB48 received a 45.7% rating.

EXILE wins GRAND PRIX at the 55th Nihon Record Taishou Awards

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Congratulations to EXILE for winning the GRAND PRIX, the top music award prize offered at the 55th annual Nihon Record Taishou Awards (equivalent to USA’s Grammy Awards).

Best newcomer award goes to 18-year-old Kota Shinzato wins best new artist of the year! The youngest male artist since 1981 when Kondo Masahiko won at the age of 17.