It was a triumph over tragedy for singer Ailee last night, as she made an emotional appearance on stage to receive an award at the 2013 MelOn Music Awards in the midst of her nude photo scandal.
The 24-year-old idol braved the heat of her unresolved scandal, putting on a flawless performance together with fellow singer and K-pop veteran Shin Seung Hoon at the Olympic Park in Seoul on November 14.
The songstress later stepped on to the stage to receive a "Top 10" artist award and was overcome with tears as she thanked the public for support.
"To those of you and my fans who have supported me, had faith in me and loved me whatever the circumstances, I love you and thank you," she said. "I will do my best."
Ailee's rep tells IdolWow! it was an emotional night for the troubled star. "After Ailee began crying on stage, it’s like all the tears she had held back just burst out," says the spokesman. "She couldn't stop crying all the way home."
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The US-born singer and her agency YMC Entertainment are currently in the middle of a legal battle to stop the unauthorised distribution of pre-debut nude photos the singer took in private. The photos were leaked online by tabloid site Allkpop on November 10.