Psy has rolled up innumerable accolades and records over the past year as he’s blown up into an international star, but nothing feels as good as coming home.
Which is exactly what he did on Monday (February 25) when he performed at the inauguration of Park Geun-hye, the first female president in South Korea’s history.
According to the Hollywood Reporter while Psy didn’t let Park, or any of the other presidential candidates, use “Gangnam Style” in their campaigns, he was more than happy to headline Monday’s celebration and play the inescapable hit.
Known for his hip-rolling dance routines and outrageous outfits, Psy toned it down for the ceremony in front of Seoul’s National Assembly, opting instead for a simple black tuxedo, white glasses and two-toned dress shoes.
“Last year, ’Gangnam Style’ allowed me to experience something of a miracle. As a Korean citizen, I sincerely wish that, with the beginning of a new administration, everyone can have their own miracle and luck,” he said before launching into his breakthrough tune. “I know this is a very formal event but if you could please stand up and join me for the horse dance, it would be great.” He reportedly got the nearly 90,000 attendees on their feet doing the equine boogie.
The rapper also performed the song “Champion,” with its uplifting refrain of “you are a champion,” which originally made him a home country star during the 2002 World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan.
“He told me he has another dance coming. For him it’s about trying to make history with ’Gangnam Style.’ Now he’s excited to continue and he has another dance up his sleeve,” said boss Scooter Braun.