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Psy, bringing Gangman Style to the MTV EMAs

Psy, bringing Gangman Style to the MTV EMAs

Tuesday November 13, 2012 - 09h00
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 South Korean pop star Psy posed in the press room of the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) and then performed at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany, on 11 November 2012. The music TV channel's award ceremony is in its 19th year and recognizes talent on the European music scene.
South Korean pop star Psy posed in the press room of the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) and then performed at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany, on 11 November 2012. The music TV channel's award ceremony is in its 19th year and recognizes talent on the European music scene.
<span>South Korean pop star Psy posed in the press room of the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) and then performed at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany, on 11 November 2012. The music TV channel's award ceremony is in its 19th year and recognizes talent on the European music scene.</span>

Psy is not your typical K-pop star... make that not your traditional star in general. In his native Korea, his nickname is "The Bizarre Singer."

Yet the portly prince of pop has somehow made a name for himself in a field almost uniquely reserved for the glamourous.

Probably has something to do with his dance moves. Or his Gangman Style. Because ever since Psy released this absolutely ridiculous video, his career has gone viral. As of November 11, the video has over 700 million YouTube views.

It recently beat out the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to win the "Best Video" award at the MTV European Music Video Awards. Heidi Klum, amidst costume changes, called him the King of Pop.

She isn't the only one who thinks so.

.. Psy and his hilarious dance moves have been seen everywhere from Saturday Night Live to The X-Factor. He even has a fan in UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Riding High

On 7 November, PSY gave a speech at the Oxford Union. So many people wanted tickets that The Independent reported they had to be given out using a ballot system. This was not even the case when Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama or the late Michael Jackson spoke at the same event.

Psy was clearly still riding THAT high when he strode up to the MTV EMAs in a suit and his favourite Gangman style sunglasses. Then again, judging from his videos, he isn't lacking in either confidence or charisma.


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