EXILE, S/mileage take top honors at 52nd Japan Record Awards

The 52nd Japan Record Awards were presented on December 30 at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. For the third consecutive year, EXILE took home the top prize (the Japan Record Award), thanks to their song “I Wish For You.” They are only the second artist to win the award for three straight years, after Ayumi Hamasaki in 2001-2003.

“I Wish For You” was one of ten candidates for the award. The other nominees were:
Aitai Riyuu” – AAA
Arigatou” – Ikimono Gakari
Tell Me Goodbye” – BIG BANG
Toilet no Kamisama” – Kana Uemura
Nijiiro no Bayon” – Kiyoshi Hikawa
New World” – w-inds.
Beginner” – AKB48
Matsushima Kikou” – Kaori Mizumori
Ready to be a lady” – GIRL NEXT DOOR
The other award that was revealed during the ceremony was the title of Best New Artist, which went to idol group S/mileage. The other three nominees were:
ICONIQ
Madoka Kikuchi
SNSD
The rest of the awards presented were announced last month.

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