Japan's MTV EMA nominees aren't your average J-pop acts

25 October 2018

With Best Korea ActBest Southeast Asia Act and Best Greater China Act in the bag, here come the Best Japan Act nominees for the 2018 MTV EMA.

As expected from their place of origin, the nominees for the Best Japan Act veer towards the left-field and weird a little bit, and they are very exciting! 

Here are the acts in the category, which you can vote for here.


A rapper who fuses the swift wordplay of hip-hop with the striking melancholy of J-pop, Daoko's ascent to success in her home country. She crafts worlds in her music reflecting the vibrancy of Japan, resonating with thousands of local fans and attracting the attention of listeners worldwide.

Glim Spanky

If you've spent one too many hours lamenting the "death of rock", Glim Spanky is here to satisfy your fix of vintage classic rock riffs and pure psychedelic vibes. The duo are as gritty as a band you'd find in a dingy blues bar, but they contain choruses fit for a stadium.

Little Glee Monster

Making their debut in 2014, Little Glee Monster are making a big impression on listeners, briskly selling out arena shows in their home country. But if there's one takeaway from the group, aside from their deliriously catchy tunes, is how energetic they are.

Wednesday Campanella

If Little Glee Monster is considered energetic, however, Wednesday Campanella is a different beast entirely. Fronted by vocalist KOM_I, the group flips the classic 2000s J-pop sound and adds in a plethora of underground dance influences, resulting in pop songs that are erratic and exhilarating.


This five-piece indie pop band stand out for their synth-driven sound and, in a rare move for a Japanese band, their English-language lyrics. But their emotive sound transcends words, and they make for a gripping listen on long car rides. 

Vote for all your fav artists at vote.mtvema.com (Best Japan Act vote link here) and tune in to catch the event live on November 5th, from 3am (SG/MY/PH). Same-day encore begins from 7pm.


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