The viral sensation is a veteran of the AMAs, having performed on the award show stage in 2012, and he just shared a video of him performing his mashup of “Gangnam Style” and “Too Legit to Quit” with MC Hammer — which made it to No. 7 on Billboard’s ranking of best AMAs performances — over social media.
PSY then passed the torch to BTS through a series of hashtags on both Twitter and Instagram, writing, “#tbt2012– #momentumofPSY @amas #5yrslater #BTSturn #proudofthem @bts.bighitofficial”
Earlier this year, PSY spoke about the boy band in an interview ahead of the release of his eighth album, 4X2=8. “I saw that BTS is very famous overseas. I’m very proud of them and think they are very worthy of that attention,” he said. “I’m a very unique example of success and so is BTS. In a way, it seems like the artists that people don’t expect these kinds of results from are the ones who experience that sort of unprecedented success.”
The artists have previously crossed paths while promoting on Korean music shows. In a memorable moment in 2015, PSY won on Inkigayo for his song “Daddy,” and all of the surrounding junior artists danced along to his song during the encore performance. Naturally, BTS went the hardest.
Meanwhile, other senior Korean artists have recognized BTS’s success.
Labelmates Homme praised Rap Monster for co-producing their track, “Dilemma,” in an interview with OSEN last year. “In the early stages when we heard Rap Monster’s verse we thought there were a lot of parts that were unique and full of charm,” the duo said.
“President of Culture” Seo Taiji proclaimed BTS his successors when they joined him onstage at his 25th anniversary concert in September. In July, the septet remade Seo Taiji and the Boys’ “Come Back Home” as part of the iconic musician’s Time: Traveler anniversary project. In a Facebook post, Seo expressed his admiration for the group, calling them his “sons,” according to a translation.
Tablo, a Korean-Canadian rapper from the iconic hip hop group Epik High, tweeted, “Call it what you want, but Big Bang, PSY and BTS have leaped over heavily guarded barriers. Respect is due. ” Notably, Epik High’s song “Fly” inspired member Suga to go into music — so Tablo’s acknowledgment is that much more meaningful.
Call it what you want, but Big Bang, Psy and BTS have leaped over heavily guarded barriers. Respect is due. —-
— tablo | ??? (@blobyblo) November 8, 2017