"Best Artist" is NTV's year-end signature music show which is broadcast live via Makuhari Messe for four hours from 7pm. Hoshino has been busy with various projects such as filming for TBS Autumn 2016 drama "Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu", NHK's "LIFE! ~ Jinsei ni sasageru konto ~", NHK Taiga drama "Sanadamaru" and Nippon Housou radio show "Hoshino Gen no All Night Nippon" and is due to appear on the NHK Kouhaku Utagassen on New Year's Eve. This is not the first time that Hoshino had to take a break from work due to illness as he was also absent from his radio show on 19 September this year.
Sources: Sanspo / Yomiuri Hochi / Sponichi / Oricon