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Grammy Awards 2013: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” could be the first Canadian tune to win Song of the Year

Will Carly Rae Jepsen win a Grammy? (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

At this year’s Grammy Awards, the viral hit “Call Me Maybe” is nominated in the category of Song of the Year against tracks like “The A Team,” “Adorn,” “Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)” and “We Are Young.”

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Written by Carly Rae Jepsen, her guitarist Tavish Crowe and Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay, “Call Me Maybe” could be the first Canadian-penned track to win in the category where so many others have lost.

According to the Grammy’s official website, the difference between Song of the Year and Record of the Year is that the former is presented to songwriter(s) whereas the latter goes to the artist and other members of their team.

For example, when Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” won for Song of the Year in 1999, it was the tune’s writers James Horner and Will Jennings who picked up the honour.

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It’s quite shocking that a Canadian songwriter has never taken home this award in the past 54 years of the Grammys. Here are a few of the most surprising artists who have been passed over.

Bryan Adams

In 1992, Bryan Adams’ "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," which was co-written by the Canadian musician, lost to Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole’s "Unforgettable," written by Irving Gordon.

Alanis Morissette

Morissette picked up Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for her co-written tune “You Oughta Know” in 1996, but couldn’t beat Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.”

Shania Twain

The country singer was nominated for her co-written tracks “You’re Still The One” and “You’ve Got a Way” in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

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However, “My Heart Will Go On” won in 1999 and Santana’s “Smooth” featuring Rob Thomas took home the prize in 2000.


Nelly Furtado

Although Furtado won the Grammy in 2002 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her track “I’m Like A Bird,” she was passed over in favour of Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’” for Song of the Year.

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Avril Lavigne

The pop/punk star was nominated for her songs “Complicated” and “I’m With You” from her album “Let Go,” but lost in 2003 to Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” and in 2004 to Luther Vandross’ "Dance with My Father," respectively.

Tune in to the 55th annual Grammy Awards with host LL Cool J on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. EST on Global to see if “Call Me Maybe” can bring Song of the Year home to Canada!

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