62nd NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen

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Kōhaku Uta Gassen
Season 62
BroadcastDecember 31, 2011
Host(s)Red Team: Mao Inoue
White Team: Arashi
VenueNHK Hall, Tokyo
Runtime4 hours 30 min
Red Team

The 62nd NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen (第62回NHK紅白歌合戦), referred to from hereon as "Kōhaku", aired on December 31, 2011 from NHK Hall in Japan beginning from 7:15 p.m. JST.

The year's theme was “Ashita o Utaou” (“Let’s sing for tomorrow”), which aimed to spread positive thoughts to a country still rocked by the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The theme also sought to begin the new year with a fresh hope.

This is the first edition to broadcast in digital terrestrial televisions (except in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectures), as the Japan already swtiched over since July 24, 2011.

The white team's 6-year reign as the winners of Kōhaku Uta Gassen came to end as The 62nd Kōhaku Uta Gassen was won by the red team.

Kohaku aired a pre-recorded performance for the first time with Lady Gaga's "Born This Way".[1]


Mao Inoue, the host of the Red Team, is a Japanese actress best known for her roles in Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers), and Kids War and co-starring with Chizuru Ikewaki in Mitsui ReHouse commercial from 1997 to 1999. Arashi, the hosts for the White Team, are a popular male J-Pop group who has not only sold millions, but appeared in dramas, hosted shows, and had countless endorsements.

Performances are in order. Number of appearances on Kōhaku are listed after each artist.[2]

First Half[edit]

Second Half[edit]


  1. ^ "JpopAsia Article".
  2. ^ "Official 6Theory Thread". Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2012-01-09.