At the Met Gala in early May, a surprising new couple showed up on the red carpet: billionaire tech CEO Elon Musk and Canadian musician and producer Grimes.
While Musk has long been known to date successful and high-profile women, the two made a seemingly unlikely pairing. Shortly before they walked the red carpet together, Page Six announced their relationship and explained how they met – over Twitter, thanks to a shared sense of humor and a fascination with artificial intelligence.
Since they made their relationship public in May, the couple has continued to make headlines: Grimes for publicly defending Musk and speaking out about Tesla, and Musk most recently for tweeting that he wants to take Tesla private.
The couple was in the news again on Monday for a new reason: the rapper Azealia Banks chronicled on Instagram what she claims was a strange weekend staying with Grimes and Elon Musk in Los Angeles.
But for those who may still be wondering who Grimes is and how she and Musk ended up together, here’s what you need to know about the Canadian pop star.
Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended a school that specialized in creative arts but didn’t focus on music until she started attending McGill University in Montreal.
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A friend persuaded Grimes to sing backing vocals for his band, and she found it incredibly easy to hit all the right notes. She had another friend show her how to use GarageBand and started recording music.
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Source: The Guardian
In 2010, Grimes released a cassette-only album called “Geidi Primes.” She released her second album, “Halfaxa,” later that year and subsequently went on tour with the Swedish singer Lykke Li. Eventually, she dropped out of McGill to focus on music.
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In 2012, Grimes signed to the British indie label 4AD and released “Visions,” which would become a breakout success. Two years later, Pitchfork named “Oblivion” the best song of the decade so far.
Grimes signed with Jay-Z’s management company, Roc Nation, in 2013.
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Grimes released her fourth studio album, “Art Angels,” in the fall of 2015. The single of the album, “Flesh Without Blood,” features a character she created named Rococo Basilisk who is “doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she’s also kind of like Marie Antoinette,” she told Fuse.
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Beyond singing, Grimes is a producer, and she’s been vocal about how the music industry and media treat female artists. “The thing that I hate about the music industry is all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Grimes is a female musician’ and ‘Grimes has a girly voice,'” she told the Fader. “It’s like, yeah, but I’m a producer, and I spend all day looking at f—ing graphs and EQs and doing really technical work.”
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Grimes is also an avid gamer, and she has streamed herself playing the fantasy role-playing game “Bloodborne” on Twitch, the video-game-streaming platform.
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Grimes attended the Met Gala in early May with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. At the time, reports said they had been “quietly dating” for the past few weeks.
Source: Page Six
Grimes and Musk met on Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence — specifically, about the Rococo Basilisk character in her “Flesh Without Blood” video — and discovered she had beaten him to the punch.
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Source: Page Six
Grimes has taken to Twitter several times to defend Musk and Tesla. In since-deleted tweets, Grimes said Musk has never tried to stop Tesla workers from unionizing and claims she has encouraged a union vote among Tesla employees.
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Grimes recently contributed her talents to a song on Janelle Monae’s new album, “Dirty Computer.” After initially teasing an album of her own this year, she said on Instagram that she wouldn’t be releasing new music “any time soon” and alluded to a rift between her and 4AD.
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