|Singer Psy poses for photographers after being awarded with the Song of the Year Award at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong on Friday. (AP-Yonhap News)|
Psy swept four awards at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on Friday.
The “Gangnam Style” singer won Best Dance Performance Solo, Best Music Video, International Favorite Artist, and one of MAMA’s grand prizes, Song of the Year.
“My singing career hasn’t always been so successful, but this year has been so exceptionally great,” said the singer after accepting the honor at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“I’d like to thank Scooter Braun, whom I work with in the U.S.”
The singer also thanked his fellow K-pop stars.
“My international success has benefited from the works of my junior fellows who have been working so hard to promote K-pop overseas,” said the singer.
“I’d like to dedicate this honor to my fellow K-pop singers in Korea.”
Among the other K-pop winners on Friday night were Big Bang, who won Artist of the Year, and Super Junior, who won Best Album of the Year. Big Bang also won the Best Male Group prize.
Four-member girl group Sistar won the Best Female Group prize, while rapper G-Dragon and singer IU won the best male and female artist prize, respectively.
Globe-trotting singer Psy is also scheduled to attend the 2013 People’s Choice Awards in January and the Grammy Awards the following Month.
In October, Psy performed at the American MTV Video Music Awards show and won the Best Video Award at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany. He also received the “New Media” trophy for his worldwide viral hit “Gangnam Style” at the 40th American Music Awards held last month in Los Angeles.
Also last month, the music video surpassed the 810 million viewer mark, becoming the most-watched video in YouTube history. The video has been viewed on YouTube in more than 200 countries, including the U.S., Korea, Thailand, and Brazil.
In September, the song was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most “likes” on YouTube, currently at 5.6 million.
By Claire Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org