EXILE, one of the most popular music artist group, won the grand prize of the 55th Japan Record Awards held in Tokyp on Dec.30. (http://www.tbs.co.jp/recordaward/)
EXILE won the grand prize with its latest song “EXILE PRIDE~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame ~” for the first time in three years and they had received the prize three times consecutively 2008-2010. The group gave up joining the awards in 2011 for they believed it to be farer after the great record of winning the grand prize three straight years. After that, AKB48 won the grand prize consective years instead 2011-2012. However, that female group couldn’t win three times in a row, which has been achieved only by Ayumi Hamasaki and EXILE so far, and now EXILE has established the new record of “four times winnings of the grand prize ” in the awards’ history. HIRO, the leader of EXILE gave words of joy and gratitude to the fans saying everything was the best.; he will retire as a performer of the group at the end this year and will exclusively serve as president and producer of the group and its company. One of the mcs of the show, Aya Ueto, actually, is HIRO’s wife, so they must be happy very much for being able to leave such a memorable record just before his retirement.
Some musicians, artists, dancers, and so forth received excellence awards and best awards. Among them, especially Kota Shinzato, an 18-year-old male singer stands out with popularity, who won the Best New Artist Award.