(NEW YORK) — Carly Rae Jepsen had everyone from Cookie Monster to Colin Powell singing “Call Me Maybe” this summer. With 5.5 million downloads sold and nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard.com announced Thursday that the catchy hit is the official “Song of the Summer.”
Now Jepsen, with her mega-hit single, is up for Best New Artist at Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Jepsen’s competition includes Frank Ocean for “Swim Good,” One Direction for “What Makes You Beautiful,” the Wanted for “Glad You Came” and Fun, featuring Janelle Monae for “We Are Young.”
Best New Artist is one of two categories that fans can vote for. The other is Most Share-Worthy Video, which Jepsen is also competing for with “Call Me Maybe,” which she co-wrote.
“I think she is certainly a favorite to win,” Andy Greene, associate editor at Rolling Stone, told ABC News. “It was the song of the summer, and it was crazily catchy. Even people who don’t really like pop couldn’t resist it, and it was just inescapable.”
Jepsen was introduced to the music world in 2007 when she finished third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol. She is ecstatic about the nomination and the success of her hit song.
“I have to pinch myself. I mean, a year ago I was touring Canada in a soccer mom van, and all of the sudden, my life’s just taken off in a completely different direction,” she told MTV. “Moments like that just let it really sink in. It’s crazy.”
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