Grace Kelly is a song by the British pop singer Mika, released in 2007. It also appeared at the same time on his album Life in Cartoon Motion. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 3 and one week later it jumped to No. 1, where it remained for five weeks. It ended 2007 as the year’s third biggest-selling single in the UK. It also went to #1 on the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Turkey singles charts.
The song is titled after the Academy Award winning film and stage actress Grace Kelly who went on to become Princes Grace of Monaco. The lyric “So I tried a little Freddie” is a reference to Queen’s Freddie Mercury, to whose singing voice Mika’s has been compared.
The song was designed to be a mocking satire of musicians who try to reinvent themselves to be popular. Mika wrote the song after feeling frustrated with record company executives who wanted him to change his sound to fit the common pop mould – to be “more like Craig David”. After one such interview, Mika wrote the song saying “I can be any colour you want, what the hell do you want me to be, should I look older, should I bend over just to be put on your shelf. What is it that you want? You don’t know what you want so I can be every color of the rainbow.’ And at the end I was like, ‘all you think about is money, so “kerching”! – take that.’ And that was the song.”
The song’s melody is based on the aria Largo al factotum from Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville.
A fun piece for audience and singers alike, with some vocal and rhythmic challenges, as well as occasional divisi parts, thrown in for good measure.