Singer Mizuki Nana and her sister took viewers by surprise with their voracious eating of roasted duck.

Macmillan learner's dictionary says 'singer' is a count noun. Might I trouble you to tell me why 'singer' is used as an uncount noun? There can't be seen any determiner before 'singer'.

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"Singer" is used count noun.

But here it is being used as an attributive noun, so the question of whether a determiner is needed is answered by the noun it is describing: "Mizuki Nana".

Since Mizuki Nana is a proper name, it has no determiner. Whether "singer" is count or non-count doesn't matter.

Note that it would be possible to re-arrange the apposition, in which case a determiner would be used

Mizuki Nana, the singer, and her sister...

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