Gangnam Style is a song by 34-year-old South Korean rapper Psy. Its music video was released on July 15, 2012, featuring a unique horse-riding dance in a comical portrayal of people living in the Gangnam district of Seoul. The video quickly went viral around the world and in late October became the most liked video in YouTube history. It inspired a spate of global parodies.
Rapper Psy and China's Han Geng pick up gongs at MTV Europe Awards
Gangnam Style picks up video award in Frankfurt
It was a big night for K-Pop at the 2012 MTV European Music Awards (EMA) as Psy and Han Geng both walked away with awards.
The awards, held in Frankfurt, traditionally see North American artists winning the major gongs.
However, Psy collected the Best Video award for his global smash Gangnam Style, while Chinese-born Han Geng won Best Worldwide Act.
Psy, whose single has more than 700 million views on YouTube and spawned countless videos copying his signature horse-riding dance, paid tribute to his wife of six years and loved ones back home when he picked up his award.
“I’d like to thank all my family who’s got to live with a selfish job, with a selfish guy,” the 34-year-old quipped.
Han Geng beat Rihanna for Best Worldwide Act, awarded for only the second time. The 24-year-old Barbadian singer, who had led with six nominations, went home empty-handed, as did flamboyant US trailblazer Lady Gaga, who was up for three awards.
Pop superstars Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift dominated the awards on Sunday, with the Canadian heart-throb scooping Best Male Artist for the third year in a row.
The late Whitney Houston was honoured with a Global Icon award.
Houston, who was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub on February 11, was the third artist to be given the award, following Bon Jovi and Queen in 2010 and 2011.
“Whitney Houston may be gone, but her legend lives on,” the organisers said.
Han Geng is best known for his wide-ranging dance skills including ballet and hip-hop. He started out as a member of South Korean boy band Super Junior, which debuted in 2005, and has also carved out a career in acting. His first big-scale film was Attack on the Pin-Up Boys and he also starred in the CCTV mini drama called Stage of Youth in China.
PSY is a South Korean rapper whose video, Gangnam Style, went viral on the internet and resulted in the song becoming Number 1 in several countries. The video features a unique horse-riding dance in a comical portrayal the lifestyle of people living in Gangnam district of Seoul and inspired a spate of global parodies.
List of winners
Best Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Best Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Best Song: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Best Video: Psy, “Gangnam Style”
Best Worldwide Act: Han Geng (China)
Best Pop Act: Justin Bieber
Best Electronic: David Guetta
Best Rock: Linkin Park
Best New Act: One Direction
Best Alternative: Lana Del Rey
Best Hip Hop: Nicki Minaj
Best Live Act: Taylor Swift
Best World Stage Performance: Justin Bieber
MTV Global Icon Prize: Whitney Houston