In a recent interview with fashion magazine Numero Tokyo, Namie Amuro revealed why she works so hard and the reason behind why she rejects to attend NHK's year end Kohaku Uta Gassen.
Namie Amuro debuted 20 years ago and undoubtedly hailed as one of the J-pop queens in Japan. She worked hard throughout these 20 years and proved many people wrong when they criticized her age, "She's already 30+ years old, Namie Amuro will soon be gone." Namie responded in the interview, "When I was growing up, there were not many people who praised me. When people say I will soon be done in the entertainment industry, it spurred me on to work even harder. But when I do get praised, it makes me somehow feel lost."
A person who works in the music industry commented on Namie Amuro, "These words are not something the past Namie Amuro would say. If you look at it from another perspective, she has grown to become a person full of confidence in herself." Another person within the industry revealed that Namie works so hard was not because of criticism but the way her agency treated her which made her very angry.
Namie had attended NHK's Kohaku Uta Gassen many times in the past but in recent years, she had refused to attend. It was not because she does not get along with the broadcasting company, NHK, but because of her agency. She became one of the most popular singers in Japan and at the height of her popularity Namie requested to her agency to appear on Kohaku Uta Gassen. Her agency didn't help her arrange an appearance on the popular show and this made her very mad. Since then, she refused to appear on the year end show.
Leaving behind the image of an idol earlier on in her career, Namie Amuro worked very hard to achieve what she is today. Currently the relationship with her agency is not bad but not very good either. The decisions she make will not be influenced by anyone; in fact the rift between the agency and her is what motivated her to work hard and become the Namie Amuro today.
Source: news.livedoor.com & jpopasia