MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2016 Winners Announced: Utada Hikaru, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, And More
The winners for the annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan has just been released after revealing the nominees just a month ago and it includes top artists such as Utada Hikaru, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and much more.
The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2016 just revealed this year’s winners and all of them deserved the awards. The MTV Video Music Awards Japan is more or less the Japanese version of the MTV Video Music Awards held in the United States, which focuses more on talents in Asia but also includes international artists. Japan used to be a part of MTV Asia Awards but because of the country’s extremely broad and exceptionally variant music industry, it began to hold its own separate MTV Awards ceremony since May 2002.
This year the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2016 celebrated its 15th anniversary and awarded the winners in 16 categories. There are 8 categories, which were based on the votes of the fans namely Best Male Video, Best Female Video, Best Group Video, and Best New Artist Video, with each category having a Japan and International edition. As for the rest of the categories such as Best Rock Video, Best Metal Video, Best Pop Video, Best R&B Video, Best Hip Hop Video, Best Dance Video, and Best Choreography, MTV was the one to select the winners.
The winners were announced just a few hours ago at the MTV VMAJ 2016 – The Party event and the most prestigious award, which is Video of the Year has been awarded to Utada Hikaru for her song “Manatsu no Tooriame”, which earned 2.5 million votes. Utada, who was unable to attend the ceremony, expressed her gratitude for the award and said, “I feel very happy to have received this award that was decided by everyone’s votes. Thank you very much.” Utada, who also won the Best Female Video – Japan for the same song, is a renowned international Japanese singer who recently made a comeback after being on hiatus since 2011.
Other notable international artists who won awards are Justin Bieber, who received the Best Male Video – International for his song “Sorry”, Ariana Grande nabbed the Best Female Video – International for her “Into You” song, Fifth Harmony won Best Group Video – International for their song “Work from Home” featuring TY Dolla $ign, DNCE won Best New Artist Video – International for their song “Cake by the Ocean”, and Beyonce, who won the Best Album of the Year – International for her album “Formation”.
Artists who won the awards under the Japan categories are Takahashi Yu, EXILE THE SECOND, Suchmos, BABYMETAL, Alexandros, Miura Daichi, AK-69, Boom Boom Satellites, Generations from EXILE TRIBE, and Fujiwara Sakura. This year, the MTV Video Music Awards Japan was held in Tokyo just this Oct. 26 and the event was hosted by artists Verbal and Rip Slyme.
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