Mega-popular all-girl idol group AKB48 won the top prize in 2012 for the second year running at the 54th annual Japan Record Awards ceremony.
AKB48 picked up the gong for their single "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" at the New National Theater in Tokyo on Sunday night. The win followed their success in 2011 with "Flying Get."
AKB48 member Minami Takahashi took the stage to accept the award. "I'm really pleased. Last year I had a strong desire to win this award. This year I thought, 'We have to win'," she said tearfully, according to Nikkan Sports.
"There was a lot of pressure on us since Atsuko Maeda left, but this has given me the desire to carry on," said 18-year-old colleague Mayu Watanabe.© Japan Today