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Founding date

: 1980


: 40 years ago


  • Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye (pronounced /ˈɡoʊti
How old is Gotye in 2020? / Age: 40 years

 Gotye facts

  • eɪ/ GO-tee-ay), is an Australian-Belgian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter
  • The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter" (English "Walter", hence the nickname "Wally")
  • Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums
  • He is a founding member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, who have independently released four studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002
  • His voice has been compared to those of Peter Gabriel and Sting
  • Gotye's 2011 single "Somebody That I Used to Know" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second born in Belgium (after The Singing Nun in 1963)
  • He has won five ARIA Awards and received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act
  • On 10 February 2013, he won three Grammy Awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Show: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors
  • Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer

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