1997 was the year in which Heike Michiyo won the Sharam Q Rock Vocalist Audition and Morning Musume was formed.
- April to August: ASAYAN Sharam Q Produced Josei Rock Vocalist Audition (ASAYAN シャ乱Qブロデュース 女性ロックヴォーカリスト オーディション; ASAYAN Sharam Q Produced Female Rock Vocalist Audition)
- September 14: Morning Musume appeared on ASAYAN and Tsunku revealed their group name. The official birth of "Morning Musume."
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