Claire Elise Boucher, also known as Grimes, was born on March 17, 1988, and started her career by writing songs in 2007. Boucher released her first album three years later and has created four studio albums since. She also illustrates the visual art for her album covers, which are influenced by the work in comics and Japanese mangas. Boucher’s music has received countless nominations and awards, and her internet presence is known all over the world, with her Instagram having over two million followers. Let’s celebrate this extremely skilled musician’s special day right here!

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Claire Elise Boucher

Birth date:

March 17, 1988



Zodiac Sign:



5' 5"

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Net Worth:

$3 million

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Claire Elise Boucher, known around the world as Grimes, is a famous musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has used different elements of many musical styles, making her tunes pleasing to listen to. Boucher was born on March 17, 1988, in Vancouver, Canada. She is the daughter of Sandy Garossino and Maurice Boucher.

In 2007, she started writing music under the name Boucher. Three years later, she released her first two albums, “Geidi Primes” (2010) and “Halfaxa” (2010). The former was a concept album inspired by the novel series “Dune.” After releasing her second album, she began music tours outside Montreal. In 2011, she released five songs on a 12-inch gramophone vinyl, splitting the disc with Chris d’Eon. The collaboration was named “Darkbloom.” After her first two albums and “Darkbloom” got positive reviews, Boucher signed with the record label 4AD in 2012. She soon released her third studio album, “Visions” (2012). It was in the “N.M.E.” ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list in 2013 and won the Electronic Album of the Year at the Juno Awards. Boucher also won the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Webby Awards. ‘Oblivion’, a single from the album, got critical praise and was later made into a music video. Boucher released a single, ‘Go,’ in 2014, featuring Blood Diamonds. It was number 14 in “Rolling Stone’s” ‘Best Songs of the Year.’ A year later, she released a video for the demo version of the song ‘Realiti.’ It was well-received by critics and was called the “best new Grimes song since Visions.” Boucher released the first single from her fourth album, ‘Flesh Without Blood,’ before releasing the album itself, “Art Angels,” in November 2015. She released music videos for most singles on the album and later released the song ‘Medieval Warfare,’ which was part of the soundtrack for “Suicide Squad” (2016). She later starred in a futuristic music video for the song, ‘Venus Fly,’ along with rapper Janelle Monáe. It earned Boucher the Best Dance Video at the Much Music Video Awards. The singer took a short hiatus in 2018, during which she appeared in other artists’ music videos but didn’t release any of her own. In June 2019, she released ‘My Name is Dark’, one of the songs from her upcoming album. Boucher revealed previews of other songs from the collection before releasing the album “Miss Anthropocene” (2020). She was the judge on the reality show “Alter Ego” in 2021 and later revealed the name of her upcoming album, “Book 1.”

Boucher was in a relationship with singer Devon Welsh from 2007 to 2010 and then with musician Jaime Brooks for six years. She began dating technology giant Elon Musk in 2018, and in 2020, they had their first child, a son. They “semi-split” in 2021 and welcomed their second child together later that year. Apparently, as of 2022, they have broken up for good. Boucher has designed all five of her album covers, the art deeply influenced by Japanese Mangas and comic book artists.

Career timeline

Her First Two Albums

“Geidi Primes” and “Halfaxa” see the light.

Boucher Wins an Award

For her third studio album, “Visions,” she wins Electronic Album of the Year at the Juno Awards.

“Suicide Squad”

Boucher releases ‘Medieval Warfare,’ a song created for the hit motion picture.

She Judges a Reality Show

Boucher is one of the judges of the brand-new reality show “Alter Ego.”

Why We Love Grimes

  1. She has a unique style

    Boucher has a very creative vision; she pairs classical music with electronic undertones, making the listening experience magical. She loops and plays different styles together, making it sound like there are hundreds of her while, in fact, there is only one!

  2. She stands up for herself

    Boucher has publicly spoken about her experience with sexism in the music industry and how often her feminist point of view is seen as aggressive. She has also talked about not giving up on her morals in the industry and sticking up with her beliefs. Her social media post about it inspired other artists to follow suit!

  3. She supports other artists

    The singer has always been vocal about how she loves listening to other artists’ songs, like Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton. Whenever anyone questions her choices, she defends them vigorously and shuts down those who try to troll her for them.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Her stage name’s origin

    Boucher began writing music on MySpace, which allowed the artists to list three musical genres, and she listed all three as “grime” without knowing the meaning of the genre at the time!

  2. She studied neuroscience

    After high school, Boucher attended McGill University, where she began studying neuroscience and Russian Language, but dropped out in 2011 when she started tours.

  3. Her meet-cute with Musk

    They met on Twitter in 2018 after realizing they had made the same pun; what are the chances?

  4. She wants to write

    Boucher has said that she would like to write a cookbook.

  5. “Visions” was an adventure

    Boucher spent nine days in isolation, without any food or sleep, while writing songs for her third album.

Grimes FAQs

How do you pronounce Grimes’ son’s name?

Boucher’s son is named “X Æ A-12”. She has revealed that the name is pronounced “X” and then “A.I,” like the abbreviation for Artificial Intelligence.

Does Grimes have siblings?

Yes, Boucher has a stepbrother, Jay Worthy. He is a rapper.

Is Grimes a trained dancer?

Boucher learned ballet for 11 years until she gave it up as a teen when she turned to goth music.

Grimes’s birthday dates

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