MC Hammer And PSY Perform In Hammer Pants At 2012 American Music Awards

MC Hammer and PSY at the 2012 American Music Awards.
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PSY and his earwormy “Gangnam Style” have snowballed into a full-blown pop phenomenon. From SNL to in-flight entertainment to parody videos to awards show performances, the dude and his giddy-upping, mean-mugging moves are pretty much everywhere. Also, those statement shades and spectator wing-tips. And yet, given its near-omnipresence, we’re still not tired of it. PSY’s schtick continues to be fun and catchy and sosoSO unbelievably entertaining EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. without much changing. Well, believe it or not, the 2012 American Music Awards did us one even better tonight and gave us something we didn’t realize we needed in our lives. PSY + MC Hammer wearing *drumrolllllll* Hammer pants. *GIGANTIC AUDIBLE GASP* Billowy, heavily draped, black-and-white, tuxedo-striped, inspired by harem pants but because they’re worn by Mr. Stanley Burrell, they are HAMMER PANTS.

MC Hammer and PSY at the 2012 American Music Awards.
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Just when we thought Justin Bieber was going to be the only guy working the drop-crotch during this show, PSY hit the stage in a pair of super exaggeratedly low-dipping harem pants. Topped off with a glittering black tailored jacket, the Korean rapper started performing his smash hit “Gangnam Style” only to be joined half-way by the one and only MC Hammer wearing his signature trouser silhouette. BTW, this all happened while “Gangnam Style” was being remixed with “2 Legit 2 Quit” — no doubt spawning a thousand knee-jerk reactionary mash-ups from college a cappella groups around the country. What did you think of MC Hammer and PSY’s revival of Hammer pants? Do you think they’re on the way back? Let us know in the comments below!

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