Was there any song catchier than Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in 2012? Rather, has there been a catchier song ever? Probably not, which is why the flirty track has landed in the top spot on MTV’s Best Songs of 2012 list. And the girl behind the tune couldn’t be more thankful for the song’s overwhelming success.
“First of all, wow, thank you so much! I have to thank the two other writers of ’Call Me Maybe,’ Josh Ramsay and Tavish Crowe. When we worked on the song together, we were not expecting this year to turn out to be the crazy adventure that it is,” she told MTV News in her acceptance speech. “Thank you to the fans, my team, my family and MTV — thanks to you!”
Having ruled both Billboard’s Hot 100 and pop songs charts earlier this year, the song isn’t just a fan favorite, but also a Grammy darling. It’s up for two awards at the February show, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. All this success is something she attributes to her parents. It was their “congrats” that topped her list of Grammy love she’s received so far.
As she looks back on her breakout 2012, she marks a show she played with industry mentor Justin Bieber as her #5 moment of the year. “#5 would be Mexico City. In Mexico City, I was Justin Bieber’s special guest at an outdoor event where there were 300,000 people in the audience and I was kind of speechless for the amount of them,” she shared. “And I thought ’How am I going to sing?’ But, that was a really cool moment. We went up there sang ’Call Me Maybe’ and they took it home with me.”
She told MTV News she will spend the Christmas holiday at home, likely staying in her PJs for a week. And as for what’s next music-wise, she’s currently consulting with those closest to her to narrow down her next single. She’s torn between two tracks.
To hear more from Jepsen as she reflects on her massive breakout year, you can tune into the “The Big & Best of 2012” live stream on Wednesday. The special will also include appearances from Taylor Swift, who will tease her “I Knew You Were Trouble.” video , and performances from Grammy nominee Miguel and Unorthodox Jukeboxsinger Bruno Mars , among others.
The cross-network event will kick off at noon ET and play out across Viacom digital properties, including MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com and ComedyCentral.com, spotlighting the music, personalities and pop-culture moments that defined 2012. The blowout party will include eight hours of live performances, celebrity guests and programming highlights from the past year.
And you won’t want to miss this event, because 16 of music’s most passionate fan armies will face off in head-to-head challenges across social media as part of Last Fans Standing . Only one group will emerge victorious and earn the crown of Best Fans of the Year. Voting is under way on MTV’s Facebook page now, so be sure to help rack up points for your army before this round ends on Wednesday.
Hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway, VH1’s Carrie Keagan and CMT’s Kourtney Hansen, “The Big & Best of 2012” will be broadcast live from MTV’s Times Square studio and on location in music venues in New York City, Boston and Nashville.