Gotye

Gotye

Past GRAMMY Awards

2012 - 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Record Of The Year

Winner

Somebody That I Used To Know

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Winner

Somebody That I Used To Know

Best Alternative Music Album

Winner

Making Mirrors

As a teenager, Belgium-born, Australia-bred multi-instrumentalist Wouter "Wally" De Backer had a strong interest in electronic music-making, and in 2003 he put out a self-released electronica collection under the name Gotye, a moniker based on a nickname his French-speaking mother gave him. In 2006 Gotye released Like Drawing Blood, which featured two Australian radio hits, "Learnalilgivinanlovin" and "Hearts A Mess." With bassist and vocalist Kris Schroeder, De Backer also formed the Australian pop band the Basics, a group with whom he plays drums and continues to record. In 2011 Gotye took a break from the Basics' busy touring schedule to release Making Mirrors, which picked up a 55th GRAMMY nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Making Mirrors features 12 tracks written by Gotye, including the GRAMMY-nominated collaboration with New Zealand vocalist Kimbra on the poignant, reggae-tinged break-up song, "Somebody That I Used To Know." Gotye's plaintive tenor vocals on "Somebody … " earned him countless comparisons to Sting and Peter Gabriel and the single saw a steady climb up the pop charts in Australia and New Zealand before debuting at No. 91 on the Billboard 100 in January 2012. Three months later, after enthusiastic tweets by Ashton Kutcher and Lily Allen, and a performance on "Saturday Night Live," "Somebody … " skyrocketed to No. 1 with almost 10 million copies sold worldwide and garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Record Of The Year. 

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