“Best Artist 2023” moderators (from left) Rena Ichiki, Baka Rhythm, Sho Sakurai, Shinichi Hatori (C) Nippon Television
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“Best Artist” started in 2001 and is now in its 23rd year. Sakurai, who has been chosen to serve as general host again this year, said, “It feels like the end of the year has finally begun.This year, artists from various generations will be performing, so we’ll be able to have fun with a wider range of generations than in previous years, and enjoy the whole family together.” I think you’ll be able to enjoy it.Also, I think it will be a large-scale program, with broadcasts connecting from several locations.”
The 27 performing artists have also been announced, with JO1, Yuri, Kep1er and others set to appear for the first time. Masaharu Fukuyama, Yuzu, and Perfume will each perform a special medley including live songs. Further information on participating artists and special projects will be announced in due course.
■Performing artists: (as of 5AM on November 18th, in alphabetical order)
King & Prince
SEKAI NO OWARI
Mrs. GREEN APPLE
green yellow society
Rockon Social Club
Others *In alphabetical order
■“Best Artist 2023” moderator comments
▼General moderator Sho Sakurai
I had the opportunity to do a PR shoot and interview for “Best Artist,” and it feels like the end of the year has finally begun.
This year, artists from various generations will be performing, so I think it will be enjoyed by a wider range of generations than in previous years, and by the whole family. I also think that the program has a large scale feel, with broadcasts being broadcast from several locations.
It will be aired at the beginning of December, so I hope you enjoy it and feel like the end of the year has finally begun!
▼Moderator Shinichi Hatori
This year, we will have a great lineup of artists that will be enjoyed by people of all ages, so I think you will never get bored of the 4-hour show. When this program comes, we’re thinking, “This year is finally over,” so please enjoy it and make sure it’s a great way to end the year!
This time too, I have to draw a lot of illustrations to propose new goods to artists for “NEXT Gate”, so I’ll do my best to meet the deadline! In the past, we have had goods made from items we have proposed, and we are looking forward to seeing them made into goods this time as well. Please take a look!
▼Moderator Rena Ichiki Announcer
This year as well, I would like to work together as a team with Sakurai-san, Hatori-san, and Bakarhythm to deliver the power and love of music to our fullest. There are many performances that you can see only because you are the “Best Artist”!
Let’s run through 2023 to the end while having fun together!