How the Psy/MC Hammer AMAs mash-up came to be
November 19th, 2012
10:23 AM ET

How the Psy/MC Hammer AMAs mash-up came to be

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.

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 cajoled 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."

Don't remember the original? See if this jogs your memory:


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    June 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Entertainment

    That performance was FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

    Hammer and Psy just a brilliant idea!! The dancers , choreography, the re-mix...just brilliant!
    I would buy the mash-up and the video hoping that Hammer and Psy get some profit!!

    November 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hello Dere

    Where am Whitney at?

    November 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Its hammer time!!


    November 20, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. PSO

    Why did the idiot in the production truck feel the need to keep doing crowd shots? Who gives a crap about the people in the audience when you have Psy and Hammer on stage?

    November 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joan

      The crowd shots show the "generational divide" - everyone sings along to "Gangnam Style," but only the older audience members sing along to "Too Legit to Quit." Contrary to what millions will tell you, there was music before Beiber - assuming you count him as making music.

      November 25, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. HllywoodBuzz

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    November 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. javi

    So the show itself left a lot to be desired, and I have a hard time considering Bieber as Artist of the year (surely there must be an actual musician somewhere, right?), but PSY and MC tore it UP! I remember MC Hammer from childhood, and I dressed as PSY for Halloween this year, so it was the perfect combination of similar "old" and "new's". I worked late at DISH last night, but when I got home my wife told me to watch the recording. I have the Hopper from DISH, and with PrimeTime Anytime I can set it to automatically record every primetime show on all four of the big networks! I didn't even know I had it recorded, but it was a lot of fun dancing along when I watched it.

    November 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • lawl

      what a nice DISH plug...... you didnt really watch them dancing until you read this article.

      November 25, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Linda

    That was a brilliant match-up. They both gave killer performances.

    November 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Captain Kirk

    Totally awesome show & this video that turned into a mashup, total crowd pleaser.

    November 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    Nice of Justin Beiber's manager and PSY to recognize and throw back at us our cultures tendencies to discard and then repackage our one hit wonders.

    November 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lara

    omg, i'm sorry but that mashup is genius! Makes me miss the good ol days of 90's music!!

    November 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. *

    :):) mrths comp

    November 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. :):)


    November 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sabrina

    Nice.....smiled all the way throught the performance

    November 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Samantha

    I would buy this track in a heartbeat. That was fun, be great for a workout 🙂

    November 19, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  16. same ole same ole

    Person,get a job.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  17. Steve

    I told people psy was too legit to quit. But do they listen, no. That was pretty freakin awesome though.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  18. Pedro

    I wish we all were snacking on burritos right now. If I was the president we would have national burrito day where everyone got free burritos. Good ones with fresh ground beef and refried beans and lots if melts cheese in it. And hundred dollar bills on the side. Stacks and stacks of them.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  19. Ollie

    Was that on last night? I didn't watch it. There are a couple of hundred music award shows on most weeks.

    November 19, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  20. triumph

    James Brown was ok. The rest of them seem like p ooooops.

    November 19, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  21. triumph

    Scooooby D oooo it was an awesome show. For me to p oooop on !

    November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |

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