South Korean rapper Psy performs 'Gangnam Style' at the
40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles last month.
The South Korean pop singer behind the viral smash hit
"Gangnam Style" has apologised for past concerts featuring
anti-American lyrics, ahead of a holiday performance to be
attended by U.S. President Barack Obama and his family.
Psy issued the apology after reports surfaced in the United
States on Friday (local time) about his participation in two
performances critical of the US military in 2004.
Psy's "Gangnam Style" Korean pop and dance video is now the
most-watched video on YouTube, with more than 900 million
views since it was first uploaded in July.
"While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self,
I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate
and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be
interpreted," the rapper said in a statement.
"I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those
words," he added.
In one performance, which Psy said was from eight years ago,
the rapper protested the deaths of two teenage South Korean
girls who were run over by a US tank stationed in the
In a separate performance, Psy was critical of the US-led
invasion of Iraq and its occupation, in which South Korean
Psy is scheduled to perform at the annual "Christmas in
Washington" television special which will also be attended by
Obama and his family, the White House said. Broadcaster TNT
said Psy would still perform as planned.