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BIGBANG, Girls' Generation, IU, B1A4, Jang Keun Suk, KARA Win Awards in Japan

January 8, 2013 at 8:30 am EDT

KARA at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for the MAMA at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards on November 30, 2012Credit: Dispatch Images

KARA at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for the MAMA at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards on November 30, 2012
Credit: Dispatch Images

K-pop artists ranked high amongst the Japanese entertainment industry at the esteemed 27th Golden Disc Awards, with a long list of familiar names in this year's winners list.

Winners were announced at an event last night, starting off with KARA, who took home three awards - Best Asian Artist and Album of the Year (Asia) and Best Album (Asia) for their "Super Girl" release.

Joining the band for Best Album was Kang Keun Suk's "Just Crazy" and BIGBANG's huge-selling "Alive".

Rookie acts were also included in the lineup, with IU and Boyfriend taking gongs for Best New Artist (Asia), alongside B1A4, who also won New Artist of the Year (with One Direction and Japan's Nogizaka 46).

"We can't believe that we received two awards," B1A4, who debuted in Japan last June, said in a statement. "Thanks to your support, we could receive the awards. We really appreciate and will work harder in 2013."

Of course, it wouldn't be a K-pop awards ceremony without a mention of Girls' Generation. The nine girls were given  Song of the Year By Download (Asia) while its Japan Tour Girls’ Generation DVD was nominated in the Best Music Video category for Asia.

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