The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

Gangnam Style takes top song prize at K-pop Grammys


(REUTERS) - South Korean rapper Psy's quirky viral hit Gangnam Style took the prize for top song on Wednesday at the 27th annual Golden Disk Awards, a Korean pop event dubbed the Korean Grammys.

The two-day celebration of all things K-pop, including performances by superstars such as the boy band Super Junior, was held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur before hordes of screaming fans, a testimony to the soaring popularity of Korean pop music around the world.

Nowhere has that been more apparent than with Gangnam Style, an infectious hit that made history last month when it became the first ever video on YouTube to reach 1 billion views, the latest record on the song's surge into mainstream pop.

The tune won the Song of the Year award, the final prize.