Gotye

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Gotye
Background information
Birth name Wouter De Backer
Born 21 May 1980 (1980-05-21) (age 33)
Bruges, Belgium
Origin Bruges, Belgium
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesizer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Fairfax, Universal Republic, Independent, Samples 'n' Seconds, Inertia, Lucky Number, Eleven
Associated acts The Basics, Kimbra

Wouter "Wally" De Backer (born 21 May 1980), better known as Gotye (pronounced /ˈɡɔːti./ GAW-tee-ay), is a Belgian-Australian[1] multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter.

Gotye's 2011 single "Somebody That I Used to Know" with Kimbra was Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3] He has won 12 ARIA Awards, three Grammys and a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act.

Gotye is bilingual, speaking both Dutch and English,[4] and also speaks some Japanese,[5] which he studied at University.[6]

Discography[change | edit source]

Awards and nominations[change | edit source]

Year Ceremony Nominated work Category Result
2011 ARIA Music Awards "Somebody That I Used to Know" Single of the Year Won
Highest Selling Single Nominated
Best Pop Release Won
Best Video (Natasha Pincus) Won
Engineer of the Year (François Tétaz) Won
Producer of the Year (Himself) Won
Himself Best Male Artist Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Himself Best Asia and Pacific Act Nominated
2012 Los Premios 40 Principales "Somebody That I Used to Know" Mejor Canción Internacional en Lengua No Española Nominated
Himself Mejor Artista Revelación 2012 Nominated
APRA Music Awards "Somebody That I Used to Know" Song of the Year Won
Most-played Australian work Won
Himself Songwriter of the Year Won
Teen Choice Awards Himself Choice Breakout Artist Nominated
"Somebody That I Used to Know" Choice Rock Song Nominated
Choice Break-Up Song Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Himself Best Australia & New Zealand Act Won
Best Asia and Pacific Act Nominated
Best Push Act Nominated
"Somebody That I Used to Know" Best Song Nominated
American Music Awards Himself Favorite Alternative Rock Artist Nominated
Best New Artist of the Year Nominated
ARIA Music Awards Making Mirrors Album of the Year Won
Best Pop Release Won
Best Cover Artist (Frank de Backer, Himself) Won
Engineer of the Year (François Tétaz) Won
Best Male Artist (Himself) Won
Himself Best Australian Live Act Won
2013 People's Choice Awards Himself Favorite Breakout Artist Nominated
2013 Grammy Awards "Somebody That I Used to Know" (feat. Kimbra) Record of the Year Won
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Won
Making Mirrors Best Alternative Music Album Won

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