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Will AKB48 win the “Grand Prix” Award at Nihon Record Taisho?

December 28, 2012 by  

AKB48 has had another phenomenal year earning the top 5 spots on the Oricon Charts of the best selling CD singles of 2012 in Japan.  And during these tough economic times, they are the only group which have consistently sold over a million copies of their singles.

In 2011, AKB48 took home the prestigious “Grand Prix” award at the “Nihon Record Taishou” Award and in December 30, 2012, all eyes are on AKB48 to see if they can win back-to-back awards.

The nominees are:
「ありがとう」JUJU
「風が吹いている」いきものがかり
「GO FOR IT!!」西野カナ
「櫻」氷川きよし
「酒のやど」香西かおり
「777 ~We can sing a song!~」AAA
「花火」三代目 J Soul Brothers
「White Angel」Fairies
「真夏のSounds good!」AKB48
「やさしくなりたい」斉藤和義

As a person who has kept track of the awards for over 20-years, it will be interesting to see if AKB48 will win.  Because on sheer numbers alone, they deserve it.  There is no one that has sold this many copies of a CD single in 2012 and the group continues to break records throughout the year.

BUT…I have seen unpredictable situations happen at Nihon Record Taishou. So, will AKB48 win this year? On single sales alone, they deserve it. But anything goes at Nihon Record Taishou. So, we’ll have to wait and see on December 30th.

The biggest rival for AKB48 will be Hikawa Kiyoshi who won the 45th Annual Yusen Taisho last month. Hikawa has won the Yusen Taisho in 2003-2005, 2007, 2009-2010 and this year. But he won only one Nihon Record Taishou back in 2006, the year he lost to Koda Kumi for Yusen Taisho.

In the last 25-years, only four artists won both the Yusen Record Taisho and Nihon Record Taisho that same year. 1990 – Horiuichi Takao (堀内孝雄) “恋唄綴り” (Koi Uta Tsuzuri); 1999 – GLAY “Winter, Again”; 2001 – Hamasaki Ayumi (浜崎あゆみ) “Dearest”, 2002 – Hamasaki Ayumi (浜崎あゆみ) “Voyage”; 2008 – EXILE – “Ti Amo”.

It’s also important to note that Nihon Record Taisho has been favorable for back-to-back winners, Hosokawa Takashi won in 1982-1983, Nakamori Akina won in 1985-1986, Amuro Namie won in 2006-2007, Hamasaki Ayumi won in 2001-2003, EXILE won in 2008-2010.

So, it will be interesting to see who wins the “Grand Prize” at the upcoming Nihon Record Taisho Awards show on December 30th on TBS!




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