April 29, 2013 09:08
Psy received the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Friday. The award is given to those who make a significant impact by breaking with convention and creating something new.
The festival was set up in 2002 by prominent figures in the film industry such as Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in hope of reviving the Tribeca area of Lower Manhattan, which was badly affected by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
"Who knew, right? Giving me this award in itself is a form of innovation, I think," said Psy upon receiving the accolade. On the worldwide popularity of both "Gangnam Style" and his follow-up "Gentleman," he said, "I still cannot believe what is happening right now. I'm still figuring out the reason [why]."
Making a reference to the venue of the award ceremony, which took place at New York University, Psy said, "I applied to this school in 1996, but I failed [to be admitted]. So I consider this a success as I finally entered this building this morning."
On Saturday, the singer was invited to dine with U.S. President Barack Obama as a guest of CBS News at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington D.C. The event was attended by celebrities including Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Alba, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey and Bon Jovi.
In a recent interview with the NBC, Obama was asked by a playful NBC Today co-host Savannah Guthrie whether it was true that the president had been listening to "Gangnam Style" at the White House when he was inaugurated for a second term in January. Obama answered, "I can confirm that. Fortunately, we destroyed all the tapes."
However, when asked about his dancing skills, Obama joked about how he struggles to keep up with his wife Michelle. "You know, she consistently maintains, and I don't argue with her, that she's a better dancer than me... [But] in private, you know, I can bust a move and I think I'm pretty good."
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