Gangnam Style YouTube video: The story behind the American Music Awards

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gangnam Style YouTube video: The story behind the American Music Awards

Gangnam Style American Music Awards
We should've known something was up when Psy took the stage at the 'American Music Awards' in a pair of Hammer pants.
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We should've known something was up when Psy took the stage at the "American Music Awards" in a pair of Hammer pants.

The "Gangnam Style" artist had the AMAs audience on their feet doing his trademark dance when the lights suddenly dimmed and MC Hammer appeared on stage - still "Too Legit to Quit."

Younger viewers might've been a little lost when Psy stopped and went Hammer-time, as the "Too Legit" single came out just over 20 years ago. But, as the YouTube clip above proves, Hammer hasn't lost his touch.

Psy Gangnam Style 40th American Music Awards
MC Hammer and singer PSY perform onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Gangnam Style Psy and MC Hammer on 40th American Music Awards

Backstage, Hammer told CNN that the performance came together with the aid of Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun.

"Scooter Braun connected us, and [when] I spoke with Psy I knew right away that he is a good guy. I like working with good people ... I loved doing it and we had a great time together," Hammer said.

"Psy is fantastic. He's shifted the planet. He's got the whole world dancing. And it's a rarity in this world. Only four people made that happen in history - James Brown, Michael Jackson, yours truly and Psy. "

Psy, who even convinced Hammer into pulling on his trademark pants once again, didn't have any nerves about hitting the old-school routine.

"Honestly, I practiced his move[s] 20 years ago," Psy said. "So I've done that for 20 years."


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