Public broadcaster NHK announced Wednesday the lineup for its annual New Year’s Eve music extravaganza, but K-pop group BTS, under fire for a controversial T-shirt worn by one of its members, was not included in the list.
Popular groups like DA PUMP and Ikimonogakari, which got back together this month after a two-year break, will perform in «Kohaku Utagassen,» when the acts compete as red and white teams.
Also known as the Bangtan Boys, BTS, a seven-member South Korean boy band that debuted in 2013 and released an album that topped the U.S. Billboard 200 last May, will not be participating after one of its members was found to have been wearing a T-shirt depicting the atomic bombing of Japan.
Singer-songwriter Aimyon, idol group King & Prince, chorus group Junretsu, and six-member band Suchmos will perform on the year-end show for the first time.
Enka singer Hiroshi Itsuki, who has made the most appearances in the annual music show, will return for the 48th time, while singer Yumi Matsutoya will perform for her third time after seven years.
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All — Kyodo News+