Dutch DJ and EDM star Martin Garrix headlined the 2018 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea with renowned K-pop stars on Sunday, Feb. 25.
After three weeks of watching each participating nation's representatives battle it out on snow and ice, the host country, South Korea, turned the closing ceremony of the worldwide sports event into a giant dance party.
K-Pop Stars Heat Up Closing Ceremony
Among those who performed onstage was CL of the now-defunct girl group 2NE1. The female performer appeared midway through the ceremony, garbed in black clothing and accompanied by dancers with brightly-colored hair. She first performed a rendition of her hit single "Baddest Female" before transitioning to the 2NE1 2011 hit "I Am The Best."
CL is feeling it, and so are @GusKenworthy and @Adaripp! #ClosingCeremony https://t.co/eCQSPnrRS3 pic.twitter.com/yrJtNLDDzN — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 26, 2018
CL's blood-pumping performance was followed by Kai who appeared onstage wearing a hanbok and accompanied by a lone percussionist. He performed a traditional dance before seven of his groupmates (Lay was MIA) from the boy group EXO joined him to sing "Growl" and "Power."
pic.twitter.com/YjpzY4ObL4 — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 26, 2018
On February 25, closing ceremony of #PyeongChang2018 Winter #Olympics took place. Seoul City had also put much effort for the success of this Olympic Games. This is short clip of #EXO performing at the #ClosingCeremony #Olympics_EXO #iHeartAwards #BestFanArmy #EXOL pic.twitter.com/fS5d0EgGvE — Seoul Government (@Seoul_gov) February 26, 2018
2018 Winter Olympics Guitar Kid Slays
However, it was Yang Tae-Hwan, 13-year-old prodigy, who almost stole the show from more seasoned performers at the closing event on Sunday night. The Korean guitarist turned classical music, like "Winter" from Antonio Vivaldi's 1725 baroque symphony "The Four Seasons," into rock and roll.
WE CAME TO ROCK AND/OR ROLL. #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/U38RtRVOnt — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 26, 2018
Wearing a beige turtleneck with blue jeans and a leather jacket, Tae-Hwan stole the hearts of viewers all over the world.
What a spectacle!!! That kid on guitar was astonishing. Insane skills for anyone...let alone a 13 YEAR OLD#Olympics2018 #PyongChang2018 #ClosingCeremony #Olympics pic.twitter.com/5bHhtfPJ8E — Andy Sheridan (@jnrbaker) February 25, 2018
Man, I wish I were half as cool as that kid with the guitar! And he's only 13!#ClosingCeremony #Pyeongyang2018 #Olympics2018 #Rock #Rockstar — Wilfred (@wilfredwanders) February 26, 2018
[Luna] Okay, that kid on the guitar at the #ClosingCeremony was definitely rockin'. Maybe if more classical music was like that I wouldn't fall asleep whenever Lisa dragged me to a concert. — The Louds (@LoudRamblings) February 26, 2018
Kept expecting Jack Black to pop up during that kid's guitar solo and go full out School of Rock. #Olympics2018 #ClosingCeremony — Olivia (@oliviabrooks91) February 26, 2018
Dance Party Down South
It was EDM superstar Garrix who ended the closing ceremony. According to EDM Sauce, the 21-year-old is only the third electronic music artist to play at the Olympic Games. Prior to his appearance in South Korea, Tiesto and Kygo played at the 2014 and 2016 games respectively.
.@MartinGarrix and Korea's DJ Raiden are picking up where @weareoneEXO left off! Time for the athletes and performers to dance together #PyeongChang2018 #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/XLmqxKYcDn — Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) February 25, 2018
The next Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China in 2022.
The pandas have delivered their message: See you in Beijing in 2022! #ClosingCeremony https://t.co/eCQSPnrRS3 pic.twitter.com/e0WLnHJq8B — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 26, 2018