8:11 am - 11/07/2012

Psy to receive Order of Cultural Merit award


Psy will be receiving the Order of Culture Merit award from the South Korean government.

Psy is one of the 10 people who will be receiving this prestigious award along with actors Lee Jung Jin and Cho Min Soo, drama writer Kim Soo Hyun, and director Kim Ki Duk.

The Ministry of Culture & Tourism held a meeting on November 6th and decided to award these 10 individuals. On Psy winning the award, they stated, “Psy is receiving the Order of Culture Merit because he has spread awareness for Korean pop music and increased interest in Korea with “Gangnam Style” that was released back in July 2012. He has more than 600 million views on YouTube and has reached #1 in the UK and #2 on the American Billboard Chart, so his contributions are being noted.

Psy will be receiving the Ok-gwan Medal (Jeweled Crown) which is rated fourth overall in the class of cultural merit. The official award ceremony will take place on November 19th at the Olympic Hall in Olympic Park, Seoul.

Congratulations to Psy!

4minutesluts 7th-Nov-2012 08:38 am (UTC)
mjspice 7th-Nov-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
harisukaori 7th-Nov-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
I'm probably in the minority but I don't think that PSY should get this award. He has one hit song which got viral but his contribution to spreading awareness of Korea is nonexistant. The huge majority of people who heard/seen Gangnam Style don' give a damn where PSY comes from. I heard him described as "that chubby Asian guy with the horse dance" more often than not. Gangnam Style didn't make anyone intetested in Korea, rather it strenghtened the stereotypes of "these crazy Asians".
One hugely popular song doesn't make you worthy of such an award, especially if you receive it alongside Kim Ki Duk.
benihime99 7th-Nov-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I think he's getting this award as a symbol.
Psy is a symbol of success for a lot of korean. The impact might not be big on the international audience but it is on the korean audience.
mister_robatto 8th-Nov-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
xxmannequin 7th-Nov-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kinda feel the same way. South Koreans see him living this ~ Korean dream ~ but the public sees him in a very different way. I mean, just today some of my friends where doing the dance and didn't even know his name.
But in the other hand, PSY seems like a nice guy, so I really hope everything turns out for the better.
sweetveg 8th-Nov-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
aw good for him! bb deserves it.
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