Blackjacks around the world, you played your hands well -– you voted for 2NE1, who won MTV Iggy's "Best New Band in the World 2011"! And the distinction comes with a concert! Today marks 2NE1's first performance in the United States (!!!), which will be broadcast live from Times Square. Not in NYC? No prob, all you need to do is point your browser to MTV Iggy from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET today to catch the K-Pop.
The Korean dance-pop quartet -– Dara, CL, Minzy and Bom -– are a sensation in their homeland, scoring numerous No. 1 hits and topping album charts. They've also garnered fans around the world (almost 4.5 million votes came in for MTV Iggy's contest, and 2NE1 beat out 600 acts from 168 countries). Renowned producer Diplo congratulated 2NE1, telling MTV Iggy, "They're mutants, they're crazy, they've got superpowers..." Count Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am as a fan, too -- he's been working with 2NE1 on their forthcoming U.S. release.
Tune in to 2NE1's concert livestream tonight at MTV Iggy. The concert event's a global affair -- 2NE1 will be joined by openers La Vida Boheme from Venezuela, Gyptian from Jamaica and Malaysia's Yuna. Hosted by MTV VJs Suchin Pak and Sway, the broadcast will include live backstage interviews and fans online can chat and comment during the show.