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  • Utada Hikaru, Kinki Kids, Arashi, and more announced for Kohaku Uta Gassen

    The annual Kohaku Uta Gassen has announced it’s first set of performers! Dominating the headlines have been the famous veteran musicians who will all be making their very first Kohaku appearance. This prestigious list includes Utada Hikaru, Kinki Kids, PUFFY, THE YELLOW MONKEY, and RADWIMPS. As previously reported the hosts for the show this year will be Arashi’s Masaki Aiba and Kasumi Arimura.

    This year Kohaku will be airing from 5:15 PM JST – 11:45 PM JST. The first list of confirmed performers can be seen below!

    The number in brackets is how many times the artist has previously appeared on Kohaku.

    Red Team
    AI (2)
    Ayaka (8)
    E-Girls (4)
    Ikimonogakari (4)
    Sayuri Ishikawa (39)
    Tendo Yoshimi (21)
    Yukino Ichikawa (first)
    Hikaru Utada (first)
    AKB48 (8)
    Shinobu Otake (first)
    Keyakizaka46 (first)
    Kaori Kozai (19)
    Fuyumi Sakamoto (28)
    Shiina Ringo (4)
    Aya Shimazu (3)
    Mariko Takahashi (4)
    Kana Nishino (7)
    Nogizaka46 (2)
    PUFFY (first)
    Perfume (9)
    Seiko Matsuda (20)
    Kaori Mizumori (14)
    miwa (4)

    White Team
    Arashi (8)
    Hiroshi Itsuki (46)
    X JAPAN (7)
    Kanjani8 (5)
    Kenta Kiritani (first)
    Kinki Kids (first)
    Hiromi Go (29)
    Sandaime J Soul Brothers (5)
    THE YELLOW MONKEY (first)
    SEKAI NO OWARI (3)
    Sexy Zone (4)
    TOKIO (23)
    AAA (7)
    Hikawa Kiyoshi (17)
    V6 (3)
    Kohei Fukuda (3)
    Masaharu Fukuyama (9)
    Gen Hoshino (2)
    Hiroshi Miyama (2)
    Yamauchi Keisuke (2)
    Yuzu (7)
    RADWIMPS (first)
    RADIO FISH (first)

    Will you be cheering for team red or team white this year?

    (via NHK)

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