February 25, 2013


Psy Brings "Gangnam Style" to South Korean Presidential Inauguration

Park Jin-Hee-Pool/Getty Images
Park Jin-Hee-Pool/Getty Images

In January, President Obama recruited Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor to perform at his inauguration. South Korea followed suit for their new president, bringing their international star Psy to perform at the ceremony.

Prior to this, Psy had not allowed the rights to his mega-popular "Gangnam Style" to be used for any political purpose, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But he clearly found a change of heart once he signed on as a headliner earlier this month. Popular K-pop boy group JYJ also headlined.

The inauguration was for South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye. For the historic day, The Hollywood Reporter quoted Psy saying, “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. 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.”

With that request, the star had the entire 89,000+ crowd on their feet for what may be one of the biggest collective horse dance ever. If we didn’t know better, we would have thought someone started up another flash mob.

Check out footage of what may be Psy’s most important “Gangnam Style” performance to date below.