Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Recording Academy, whose members help decide which people in the music industry earn Grammy awards, have nominated Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen's viral hit "Call Me Maybe" for Song of the Year.

She will compete against Fun's "We Are Young," Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" and Miguel's "Adorn." Winners of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced during the Feb. 10 televised broadcast. Jepsen also earned a nod for Best Pop Solo Performance.

With more than 351,000,000 page views, "Call Me Maybe" in 2012 has catapulted to the 14th most-watched YouTube video ever.

The song came out in Canada last September, gaining little airplay. But then something "so absolutely shocking" happened, as Jepsen's manager Jonathan Simkin previously told to media: Social powerhouse Justin Bieber tweeted about it, and followed that with an appearance in a viral lip-dub video.

Their efforts rocketed Jepsen into international stardom on the web, as more "Call Me Maybe" love (and mockery) rushed in from Harvard athletes, celebrities, half-naked models, Sesame Street's Cookie Monster, musicians, digital versions of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and more people on YouTube.

By June, "Call Me Maybe" finally hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, remaining on top for nine weeks.

Jepsen followed up all this with the release of Kiss, her second studio album that peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.