Grimes (musician)

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Grimes performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City on June 9, 2014
Claire Elise Boucher

(1988-03-17) March 17, 1988 (age 35)
Other namesc[1]
EducationMcGill University (no degree)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • music video director
  • visual artist
Years active2007–present
Partner(s)Elon Musk (2018–2021)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginMontréal, Quebec, Canada
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • synthesizer

Claire Elise Boucher (born March 17, 1988), better known as Grimes, is a Canadian musician and artist. She was born in Vancouver in British Columbia.

Early life[change | change source]

Boucher grew up in Vancouver. When she was 18 she moved to Montreal to study neuroscience and Russian at McGill University. [2]

Career[change | change source]

She wrote on her Tumblr account that she started Grimes in 2009 when she first heard Mariah Carey.[2]

She released her first album, Geidi Primes in 2010 on cassette. In 2011 she released an EP with d'Eon called Darkbloom.[3]

In January 2012 she was signed to the record label 4AD. Pitchfork gave the album of a score of 7.5 out of 10.[4] On January 9, 2012 she released the single "Genesis". Brooke Candy was in the music video.

Grimes released her third album Visions on January 31, 2012 in the United States. It got mostly good reviews from music critics. Pitchfork gave the album a score of 8.5 out of 10.[5] Allmusic called it the best album of 2012.[6] NME chose it as the second best album of 2012.[7] In 2013 it was given the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the year.

In December 2013 Grimes signed to Jay-Z's management company Roc Nation.[8]

Personal life[change | change source]

She is a feminist and autistic.[9][10] In 2018, she became partners with Elon Musk. They have two sons, X Æ A-Xii and Techno Mechanicus "Tau" Musk,[11] [12] and one daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl.[13] In October 2021, Grimes and Musk separated.

References[change | change source]

  1. Hudson, Laura (May 19, 2018). "Encouraged by Elon Musk, Grimes changed her name to the speed of light". The Verge. Archived from the original on July 5, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Fashion Editorial & Stories - Farfetch".
  3. "d'Eon / Grimes: Darkbloom EP". Pitchfork.
  4. "Grimes: Geidi Primes". Pitchfork.
  5. "Grimes: Visions". Pitchfork.
  6. "AllMusic Best of 2012". AllMusic.
  7. Soghomonian, Talia (20 November 2012). "50 Best Albums Of 2012". NME.
  8. "Grimes Signs to Jay Z's Roc Nation". 17 December 2013.
  9. Cubarrubia, RJ (April 24, 2013). "Grimes Rails Against Sexism: 'I'm Done With Being Passive'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  10. Rossignol, Derrick (August 22, 2023). "Grimes Recently Learned She Is Autistic And Revealed How She Realized That Might Be The Case". Uproxx. Retrieved September 13, 2023.
  11. Singh, Edith (May 25, 2020). "Elon Musk and Grimes have changed their baby's name. A bit". CNN Entertainment. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  12. Szalai, Jennifer (September 9, 2023). "Elon Musk Wants to Save Humanity. The Only Problem: People". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2023.
  13. Owoseje, Toyin (March 11, 2022). "Grimes and Elon Musk secretly welcomed their second child in December". CNN Entertainment. Retrieved November 25, 2022.

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