Nominated for the Top Pop Artist 2012 category are Girls' Generation, KARA, Super Junior, CNBlue, TVXQ and Jang Geun Suk along with EXILE, AKB48, SKE48, SMAP, Hey! Say! JUMP, Carly Rae Jepsen, NYC, NMB48, Rihanna, Kis-My-Ft2 and Mr. Children among others.
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In the Independent Artist of the Year, Korean boy band Infinite was nominated along with Andymori, Tha Blue Herb, Japan United with Music, Halloween Junky Orchestra, BIGMAMA, Fact, Baroque and others.
Other categories in the Artist Awards are Jazz Artist of the Year, Classic Artist of the Year, Animation Artist of the Year.
The nominees for the Billboard Japan Hot 100 award are AKB48, Arashi, Kazuyoshi Saito, AI, Namie Amuro, Mr. Children and Leiri Leo.
KARA's "Supergirl" is nominated in the Top Albums category along with Mr. Children, EXILE Atsushi, Perfume, Kis-My-Ft2, L'Arc-en-Ciel, Ikimono-Gakari, Toshinobu Kubota and Yuzu.
Infinite's "Be Mine" is also nominated in the Top Independent Albums and Singles category along with Jun Sky Walker(s), Golden Bomber, Ayaka, FACT, Adele, Kenshi Yonezu and Aya Ikeda/Hitomi Yoshida.
Nominees in the Hot Top Airplay include Madonna, Pixie Lott, Ms.OOJA, AI, SMAP and Norah Jones.
In the Hot Singles category, the nominees are AKB48, Arashi, Hey! Say! JUMP, Mr. Children, SKE48 and KAT-TUN.
The awarding ceremony will be held on Dec. 15.