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Claire Boucher, also known as Grimes or c (the symbol for the speed of light), is a self-taught singer, producer and visual artist famous for her experimental, future-facing sound and ethereal vocals. Born in Canada on March 17, 1988, she initially performed in the Montreal music scene and made her debut with the Dune-inspired Geidi Primes in 2010, closely followed by a second album titled Halfaxa.

Grimes subsequently signed to the British record label 4AD, and achieved wider success with her third studio album, Visions (2012), featuring breakout singles “Genesis” and “Oblivion”. She followed it with 2015’s acclaimed Art Angels, which boasted guest appearances from Janelle Monáe and Taiwanese rapper 潘PAN. The eclectic record was another step forward for her visionary brand of pop, and spawned two new singles: “Flesh Without Blood” and “Kill V. Maim”. In the summer of that year, she also toured with Lana Del Rey.

Other Grimes collaborations include Hana, Poppy and K-pop girl group Loona. In 2016, she contributed “Medieval Warfare” to the soundtrack of the superhero blockbuster Suicide Squad, while in 2019 she debuted a new track, “4ÆM”, for the dystopian video game Cyberpunk 2077, in which she portrayed the cyborg pop star Lizzy Wizzy.

In a surprising turn of events, Grimes took billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk to the 2018 Met Gala, decked out in a Tesla choker (ofc). The pair met through an online joke about artificial intelligence (again, ofc) and in 2020 welcomed their first child, catchily named X Æ A-Xii. The same year, Grimes released her latest album, Miss Anthropocene, which revolves around apocalyptic themes such as the climate crisis, the rise of AI and human extinction. Inspired by X Æ A-Xii, she also debuted an AI-driven lullaby in 2020 (despite, you know, the existential threat to humanity – or maybe she’s just trying to get on the algorithm’s good side).

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Life & CultureGrimes joins Elon Musk for a Mario-themed courtroom drama on SNL
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MusicGrimes successfully petitions Spotify to recognise the ‘ethereal’ genre
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MusicGrimes’ child, X AE A-XII, is already making ‘super fire’ music apparently
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MusicGrimes announces a new remix album, Miss Anthropocene Rave Edition
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MusicGrimes launches new cover art for Miss Anthropocene
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MusicGrimes’ Cyberpunk 2077 character has just dropped an album
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MusicGrimes says she worries AI will one day ‘make musicians obsolete’
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MusicGrimes reflects on hiding her body to be taken seriously as an artist
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MusicNew music from Grimes, Shygirl, and more to feature in Cyberpunk 2077
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MusicGrimes debuts an AI-driven lullaby to help you relax
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MusicWatch FKA twigs and Grimes teach you about their favourite paintings
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Science & TechGet a closer look at Grimes as a video game character in Cyberpunk 2077
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MusicGrimes takes a picture of Kanye West and Elon Musk, memes predictably ensue
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MusicBirth certificate proves Grimes and Elon Musk named their baby X AE A-XII
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MusicGrimes and Elon Musk change baby’s name to comply with California law