Screaming fans turned out in Hong Kong Wednesday for one of the biggest events on the K-pop calendar, the Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Among the performers at the annual awards ceremony were South Korea’s Psy, known for his hit song “Gangnam Style”, and UK electronic band the Pet Shop Boys.
Big Bang, a K-pop boyband, took home many of the night’s most coveted awards including “Artist of the Year”, “Worldwide Favourite Artist” and “Song of the Year” for their dance tune ‘Bang Bang Bang’. The group also won “Best Music Video” for ‘Bae Bae’.
“I want to say thanks so much to all fans. You guys are amazing…Everybody, you are
everything,” said Lee Seung-hyun, known as Seungri, who also thanked fans in multiple languages including Japanese and Putonghua.
“We will try even harder to prove we deserve it,”
Kwon Ji-Yong, or “G-Dragon”, another member,
said on stage.
Pet Shop Boys, known for 1980s pop hits
including “Go West” and “What have I done to
deserve this”, were handed the “Worldwide
Inspiration Award”. The duo performed a medley of songs before
launching into a rendition of more a recent
piece “Vocal” along with Korean girl group f(x). “We came all the way from England. We’d like
to thank you for this amazing award. Thanks for
the appreciation. We’d also like to thank all of
our amazing loyal fans right across Asia. We
love you.” said lead singer Neil Tennant. Psy wrapped up the show with his latest release
‘Daddy’ followed by his signature megahit
“Gangnam Style”, which has racked up more
than 2.4 billion YouTube views and become its
most-watched video of all time. Korean songstress Kim Tae-Yeon took the gong
for “Best Female Artist” before snatching up the
“Best Female Group” award with her bandmates
from Girls’ Generation. The “Best Male Artist” award went to singer-
turned-producer Park Jin-Young. The K-pop genre, short for Korean pop, has
made huge inroads into the international music
scene in recent years, gaining fans from around
Asia and the world.