Psy to receive cultural merit honor from government

6 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: Korea HeraldPsy, the popular singer-rapper behind “Gangnam Style,‘ has been named to receive a state order of cultural merit this year, along with nine other winners, the cultural ministry said Tuesday.The 34-year-old singer whose original name is Park Jae-sang, rose to global fame after the music video of “Gangnam Style‘ featuring his horse-riding dance moves went viral on YouTube, attracting more than 600 million views.He topped the coveted British Official Singles Chart and ranked second on the U.S. Billboard‘˜s Hot 100 Chart with the track. The video currently sits on No. 2 on YouTube’s all-time list of most-watched videos, next to Justin Bieber‘˜s “Baby.‘Psy will receive the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit, the fourth highest honor on a level of five, for his contribution to increasing the world’s awareness of Korean pop music and ensuing interest in Korea, the ministry said in a press release.The 2012 list of medal winners also includes the director and stars of “Pieta,‘ winner of the Golden Lion for best film at this year‘˜s Venice Film Festival, according to the ministry. Director Kim Ki-duk will receive the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit, the second highest, while the film’s male and female leads, Lee Jung-jin and Jo Min-su will get the same honor as Psy, it said. Among other winners are famous TV drama writer Kim Soo-hyeon, singer Song Chang-shik and TV actress Na Moon-hee. The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 19, the ministry said.

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