Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Psy wins Viral Video of the Year award in Canada, renders 'Final Performance' of hit on TV


By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean rapper Psy was awarded the Viral Video of the Year for his global hit "Gangnam Style" at the MuchMusic Video Awards 2013 held in Toronto, Canada on June 16 (June 17 in Manila).
Psy, who co-hosted the awards, opened the show with "Gangnam Style" and closed it with "Gentleman."
"Gangnam Style," which was released in July last year, brought Psy international fame and fortune, and put him in a position to set world records. The song has 1.65 billion views to date.
On the other hand, "Gentleman" has accumulated 426 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded last April 13.
Sadly, Psy announced that his "Gentleman" performance at the MuchMusic Video Awards was his last for the song.
Posting on Twitter on June 17, Psy said, "It's gonna be the official final performance of #Gentleman on TV. I can't say I've been the best BUT I CAN say I've done my BEST!"
Before going to Canada, Psy performed at the Capital FM Summertime Ball 2013 at Wembley Stadium in London.
There he also met Brian May, guitarist of the legendary band Queen, which Psy previously said was his inspiration.
At the MMVA, Canadian Justin Bieber, who did not attend the ceremony, won the Your Fave Artist or Group award while Taylor Swift won the Your Fave International Artist or Group award.
Marianas Trench won the Your Fave Video for "Stutter" and Pop Video of the Year for "Desperate Measures."
"Inner Ninja" by Classified feat. David Myles won the Video of the Year and MuchFACT Video of the Year.
Demi Lovato won the International Video of the Year (Artist) for "Heart Attack" and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz won the International Video of the Year (Group) for "Thrift Shop."
The Dance Video of the Year award went to "The Veldt" by deadmau5 feat. Chris James.
Drake bagged the Hip Hop Video of the Year and Director of the Year for "Started From The Bottom" while Serena Ryder won the Rock/Alternative Video of the Year for "Stompa."
Avril Lavigne took home the International Video of the Year by a Canadian for "Here's to Never Growing Up."
Billy Talent won the Post-Production of the Year for "Suprise Surprise."
Other artists who performed in the awards show were Lovato, Lavigne, Ryder, Phillip Phillips, Classified, Marianas Trench, Ed Sheeran, Down With Webster and Armin Van Buuren.

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