The Canadian singer popularly known as Grimes made headlines when she and Elon Musk announced the birth of their son born on May 4, 2020. Not only is she linked to the wealthiest man in the world, they gave their son a very unusual name: X AE A-XII.
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Claire Elise Boucher, who performs under the name Grimes, is no stranger to the limelight. The alt-pop singer-songwriter has been in the music industry since 2010. Her albums are Geidi Primes (2010), Halfaxa (2010), Visions (2012), Art Angels (2015) and Miss Anthropocene (2020).
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Grime's explanation for her stage name
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on March 17, 1988, Claire Elise Boucher is of French, Italian, and Ukrainian descent.
She also has two brothers and two stepbrothers, who motivated her to be a competitive child.
She was raised Roman Catholic, and attended Catholic school. She graduated from Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver and studied ballet for 11 years.
At age 18, she moved to Montreal, Quebec to attend Montreal's McGill University to study neuroscience. During her studies, she began to record and perform under the name Grimes, taking the name from grime music after discovering the existence of the genre on MySpace. However, as Grimes became a more serious endeavour for her, she began to miss a large number of classes, and began only attending to take exams, resulting in the university taking punitive actions against her and ultimately expelling her. In Montreal she began putting on concerts with her friends at Lab Synthèse, a performance space they started, which was located in an abandoned textile factory that Arbutus Records evolved out of. Two of her songs were released (under her real name, Claire Boucher) on Arbutus Records' Spring 2009 Sampler.
Her music draws on an eclectic mix of styles, including dream pop, synth-pop, art pop, electronic, experimental pop, electropop, R&B, pop, avant-garde pop, indie pop, electronica, nu metal and hip hop.
Grimes described her music as "ADD music", shifting frequently and dramatically – "I go through phases a lot."
A popular video "Kill V. Maim"
Here's a January 19, 2016 review by Esquire of the video
A meeting of the minds
According to PageSix.com, Musk and Grimes' relationship started on Twitter. They first bonded over a joke about artificial intelligence. Musk wanted to post a joke to the platform, but found that the singer had beaten him to the punch. The joke was about the thought experiment, Roko's Basilisk, which suggests that robots will one day torture those who don't embrace AI and help speed its development.
Musk wanted to tweet a play on the theory using the word "Rococo" as a sort of pun, in reference to 18th-century baroque style. But when he searched the word on Twitter, he found that Grimes had named a character "Rococo Basilisk" in a 2015 music video for her song "Flesh Without Blood."
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Elon Musk Apparently Designed Grimes' Met Gala Dress
When GQ reported Elon Musk and Grimes' first public outing at the 2018 Met Gala, they were the laughing stock of the event.
These two move fast. One day you’re poking fun at AI by reframing dystopian thought experiments with baroque 18th-century French references, and a month later, you’re designing a dress for your new girlfriend, who is Grimes, to wear on the Met Gala red carpet. Yes, you read that correctly! Elon Musk doesn’t just design Teslas, he designs Met Gala-worthy fashion.
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New name: c Boucher
In May 2018 Grimes announced her new name: c Boucher.
And explained how boyfriend Elon Musk supported her decision.
"He’s the one who pointed out that my working nickname (c) actually rox and i don’t need to look further," Grimes explained, adding that she has been trying to change her name "forever" and her friends already call her "c."
She tweeted: "claire has been the bane of my existence since i became sentient... i can barely say it w my speech impediment altho c is technically worse 4 lisp haha."
Grimes later said only her legal name is changing, "not the band."
Read more https://www.iheartradio.ca/news/canadian-artist-grimes-is-changing-her-name-1.3829116
Baby Number 1 announcement
On May 4, 2020, Grimes and Elon Musk welcomed their first child into the world together. When prodded on social media for information about their newborn, said that they named their son X Æ A-12.
After intense speculation about the name, Grimes took to Twitter to breakdown what each character in X Æ A-12 means. The "X," she explained, stands for the "unknown variable," while "Æ" stands for her "elven spelling of Ai," and A-12 stands for a CIA aircraft known internally as Archangel.
A-12, she added was a "precursor to SR-17"— a detail that fans are speculating stems from the new parent's love of X-Men comics. The SR-71 Blackbird is nearly identical to the X-Jet, the plane used by the X-Men.
Musk corrected one in detail his partner's tweet, writing that Archangel was a precursor to the SR-71 not SR-17. Grimes shot back that she was "recovering from surgery and barely alive," so her typos could be forgiven.
Grimes further clarified the name's pronunciation in an Instagram comment. When a follower asked about the correct pronunciation, Grimes responded, "It's just X, like the letter X. Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I."
Musk, however, suggested a different pronunciation when he appeared on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast in mid-May.
"It's just X, the letter X. And then the Æ is, like, pronounced 'ash,'" Musk explained.
While the idea came from Grimes, he told Rogan, he contributed the "A-12" portion of the name.
So the baby's name is pronounced: X-ash-A12.
To further complicate the controversy surrounding the baby's name, California state law suggests that the couple could not have listed the baby's name as "X Æ A-12" on the birth certificate.
California's birth registration handbook mandates that baby names in the state include only the "26 alphabetical characters of the English language," although some exceptions are made for punctuation in names like "O'Connell."
Names including numeric characters or diacritical marks, a term referring to marks added to a letter to distinguish its pronunciation, are also classified as "unacceptable entries."
In late May, Grimes said that the spelling of the baby's name had been changed to "X Æ A-Xii" to comply with state laws.
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Grimes later stated that she uses the nickname "Little X" for her son.
It was announced in the media on January 11, 2021 that Grimes was recovering from COVID-19.
On January 9 she posted in Instagram Stories, "Finally got COVID but weirdly enjoying the DayQuil fever dream...2021," adding a leaf and fairy emoji. She shared her diagnosis over a screenshot of the single art for SZA's new track "Good Days," adding, "This song is soooo" with a series of space, dragon, sparkle, and heart emojis.
Grimes NFT WarNymph collection sold for over $5.8 million
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Digital artworks published as "WarNymph Collection Vol 1 By Grimes x Mac" went on sale via the NFT platform Nifty Gateway on February 28, 2021. Some of the works are accompanied by original musical compositions with titles like Ærythe, Mars Theme, and Anhedonia.
Offering a collection of 10 different pieces for sale, one particular short video, which featured an original song by the artist, sold for $389,000 USD. Titled "Death of the Old," it featured a psychedelic short clip of winged babies, a massive sword, and fantastical lighting.
Grimes describes the baby that appears throughout her work as "the Goddess of Neo-Genesis," who "battles the destructive force of obsolete ideas and systemic decay that threatens the future" while representing "a state of infinite infancy where she sheds her old skin of corruption."
Most of Grimes' $6 million USD sale actually came from two particular pieces — named "Earth" and "Mars" — which had thousands of copies available for $7,500 USD each. Almost 700 copies were sold before sales closed, contributing an incredible $5.18 million USD.
Some of the proceeds from the NFT sales will go to Carbon180, an NGO dedicated to reducing carbon emissions.
Grimes debuted her artworks in 2020 at a digital show jointly presented with Los Angeles dealer Michele Maccarone and GalleryPlatform.LA. The show included a work that involved legally offering a share of her soul, and introduced the WarNymph, which was created from a scan of her own body. She created the avatar as a stand-in partly due to her aversion to posing for photo shoots.
Grimes collaborated with her brother Mac Boucher for the collection.
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NFT videos on Nifty Gateway
"Death of the Old" https://niftygateway.com/itemdetail/primary/0x948b3515d81034a3c16d5393c6c155946c93c103/1
Grimes explains her digital self: WarNymph
WarNymph is my digital avatar, aka my digital self. Everyone is living two lives: their digital life and their offline life. I want to untether my two lives from each other for mental-health purposes, haha. And also for fun.
WarNymph is Grimes' digital avatar, created through scanning her entire body into a computer and augmenting it. Working on the avatar with brother and creative partner Mac Boucher, Grimes explains that WarNymph will always be a work in progress, with plans for her growing, dying, respawning, and eventually becoming playable.
WarNymph allows Grimes to promote her music and engage with her fans in an alternative way that doesn't require her physical presence, but still allows for an exciting expansion of the Grimes universe.
A virtual self enables Grimes not only to distance herself from the digital world of trolling and Internet abuse she is daily subjected to, but also is an empowering tool enabling her to work into the later stages of her pregnancy. Grimes terms it 'techno-feminism' — it's an empowering, futuristic attitude we could all get on board with.
"Having a digital body allows me to keep working throughout the later stages of my pregnancy, and after I have my baby, so I can spend more time with them. It's hard for me to do photoshoots and fit into clothes at the moment, but WarNymph is here in your magazine promoting my album for me, haha."
WarNymph's creation is by no means a by-product of any cynicism of Grimes's part. "The digital realm makes the real realm more rare and precious," she explains. "It also offers escapism and perfection. Sometimes I want imperfection, real life. Sometimes I want perfection."
The break up with Musk
On September 24, 2021 Elon Musk announced he and Grimes are no longer a couple.
“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” Musk told Page Six.
“It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”
Baby Number 2
Grimes and Elon Musk had another child via surrogate named Exa Dark Sideræl. The baby girl was born sometime in December 2021 and is nicknamed "Y".
No announcement was made. According to a Vanity Fair article the existence of the child was accidentally revealed when she started crying upstairs while Grimes was being interviewed.
Grimes explained the name: Exa refers to the supercomputing term exaFLOPS, while Dark refers to "the unknown". "People fear it but truly it’s the absence of photons. Dark matter is the beautiful mystery of our universe," Grimes explained.
Sideræl, which Grimes pronounced "sigh-deer-ee-el," is a "more elven" spelling of sidereal, the "true time of the universe, star time, deep space time, not our relative earth time," the singer added.
The name choice is also a reference to her favourite Lord of the Rings character, Galadriel, who she noted "chooses to abdicate the ring".
Grimes also said she may end up changing her daughter’s name, as she and Musk already occasionally call her Sailor Mars.
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The many looks of Grimes
Grimes made a surprise appearance on the May 8, 2021 episode of the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. The show was hosted by Elon Musk, who played Wario on trial in a Super Mario-themed courtroom sketch. Grimes appeared dressed as the character Princess Peach, continuing the tradition of hosts being joined by their celebrity partners on the show.