South Korea decorates Psy for Gangnam Style success

6 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: AFPSouth Korea has awarded one of its highest cultural honours to the rapper Psy for taking the world by storm with his hit song, Gangnam Style.The culture ministry announced today that the 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae Sang, would receive the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit, awarded for "outstanding meritorious services" to the arts."Psy has been chosen to be decorated for not only being a long-term artist, but also for advertising Gangnam widely and increasing the world's interest in Korea," a culture ministry official told AFP.Film director Kim Ki Duk, who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year with his movie Pieta, will receive the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit - which ranks higher than Psy's medal.Yesterday, Psy caused a riot in Paris, drawing up to 20,000 people for a Gangnam Style flashmob held opposite the Eiffel Tower.Alerted on social media by the record label Universal Mercury, together with radio station NRJ, a massive crowd packed the Trocadero square to join him in a rendition of his much-imitated horse-riding dance.NRJ radio - which had put a video dance lesson online ahead of the lunchtime event - tweeted that at least 20,000 had taken part.Psy performed his hit with four dancers, before an overwhelmingly teenaged crowd, with the whole event over within 15 minutes.

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