“The 68th Annual Red and White Song Contest,” Monday, Jan. 1, from 5-10 p.m.
Kohaku Uta Gassen, more commonly known simply as Kohaku, is an annual music show produced by Japanese broadcaster NHK. The “Red and White Song Contest” is a program that divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The red team is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the white team is all male (or groups with male vocals). A performance on Kohaku is said to be the highlight of a singer’s career because of the show’s large reach and status.
Kohaku airs in Japan on New Year’s Eve, with the announcement of the winning team taking place at midnight. In Hawaii, Kohaku has become a television viewing tradition on New Year’s night. 2018 marks the 68th year since the program’s inception.