'Grace Kelly' is a song by Mika released for download on 9 January 2007. Produced and mixed by Greg Wells, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number three (#3) and the UK Official Download Chart at number one (#1). One week later, it jumped to the top position, despite still being available on downloads only. The track was number one in the UK Singles Chart for the 5 weeks to and including 18 February 2007. In the U.S., 'Grace Kelly' was made available for digital download on 16 January 2007. This song was also #89 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007., and ended 2007 as the years 3rd biggest-selling single in the UK
It was designed to be a mocking satire of musicians who try to reinvent themselves to be popular. It is titled after Grace Kelly, an Academy Award-winning American film, stage actress and Princess of Monaco. Mika claims the song was inspired after a bad experience with a record company executive. 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. On at least one occasion, Mika admitted that he borrowed the main melody from Figaro's famous aria Largo al factotum in the opera The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini.
The song was featured in a season two episode of The Hills and a season one episode of Ugly Betty. It is also part of the soundtrack in the recent movie Knocked Up, and was used in a Turkish Coca-Cola ad and in an Israeli ad of 'Misdar Zihoi'. The chorus of the song is used on the Disney Cinemagic channel during a trailer. Different clips from various Disney films being aired on the channel that month are shown, with each clip reflecting a similar emotion to that being described in the chorus of the song. The song is also used in a trailer for the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
Mika performed the song at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 in Munich.