Asian pop sensation Rain [J.Tune Entertainment]
Multi-talented entertainer Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer and actor was named "Biggest Badass Star" at the awards ceremony, held Sunday (U.S. time) in Los Angeles.
Rain picked up MTV's signature popcorn trophy for his star turn in last year's martial arts pic "Ninja Assassin", beating out high-profile nominees such as Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Chris Pine and Sam Worthington.
The star, who had previously said that he was happy just to even be attending the event, delivered the following message through the agency after his big win.
"I think everything I endured while shooting 'Ninja Assassin' is coming to fruition. I would like to thank the fans who have given me enormous support from the bottom of my heart", the actor was quoted as saying.
Born Jung Ji-hoon, Rain has released six studio albums to date and performed at numerous concert tours throughout Asia and in the U.S. including a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden.
He has been busy building his career in Hollywood over the past few years, making his debut through the Wachowski Brothers' pic "Speed Racer" in 2008 and following it up with a lead role in "Assassin".
Last March, he scored a triple win at the Green Planet Movie Awards, picking up trophies for "10 Outstanding Asians in Hollywood", "Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year" and "Best International Entertainer (Asia)".
Rain will be returning to Korea tomorrow evening.
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