TNT confirmed Psy will still close the annual 'Christmas in Washington' show
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will attend the concert as per tradition
South Korean rapper whose song has nearly 1 billion views appeared at anti-US protests in 2002
Violent language suggested killing American military and their families
Petition was started urging event organisers to uninvite the rapper
'Gangnam Style' rapper PSY will perform as planned at a Christmas concert in Washington and President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be there to watch him.
The President was being urged to boycott the 'Christmas in Washington' show and critics were demanding the 34-year-old South Korean pop star be uninvited after it was revealed he once sang about slowly killing American troops and their families.
But TNT - the TV station airing the annual spectacle on December 21 - told NBC News that, despite the furor, PSY will still close the annual event and the Obama's will attend the concert, as per tradition.
The rap sensation's graphic 2004 anti-American song sparked an angry petition on the White House website urging organizers of the event, which will be pre-recorded this Sunday, to scratch him from the line up.
The petition rapidly made the rounds on social media websites as thousands took to Twitter, Facebook and online message boards to react to the vitriolic lyrics that PSY once sang about murdering American soldiers 'slowly and painfully'.
The hashtag 'GangnamStyleHatesAmerica' was trending as people unloaded on the artist, even after the pop sensation offered a heartfelt apology for the lyrics, which he sang during a massive protest.
'Reject PSY's apology, you just don't get away with wishing torture & murder on children' wrote @Onision.
@Lizzy3698 wrote:'Having my father and two brothers in the military I was deeply hurt by this. PSY is literally f**king psycho.'
Another user,@StacyOnTheRight wrote, commented:'Perhaps Psy would like to address his ridiculous raps to me directly. I'm a Veteran.'
A user commenting on a Daily Mail story wrote:'As a U.S. Army National Guard MP, I wish he would think about the sacrifice of U.S. soldiers in the Korean conflict.'
President Obama is still planning to attend the 'Christmas in Washington' show despite the revelations about PSY, a spokesman for the president confirmed and the petition to have the artist uninvited from the show was shut down by the White House within hours of going live.
It was replaced by a message from administrators that said:'The petition... has been removed from the site under our Moderation Policy because it is in violation of our Terms of Participation,' the message read. It was unclear what policies the petition had violated.
The event will be taped this weekend for broadcast on TNT the Friday before Christmas. The Obamas and other Washington notables are scheduled to attend the show, hosted by Conan O'Brien.
As well as Phy's 'special performance' to close the charity concert, Diana Ross, Demi Lovato and Scotty McCreery are also scheduled to sing.