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Legal name: Wally De Backer


Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backer (born 21 May 1980), better known as Gotye (pronounced /ˈɡti./ 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Boardface Gotye 3 2
2006 Like Drawing Blood Gotye 4 3
2011 Making Mirrors Gotye 3 14

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Mixed Blood Gotye 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Learnalilgivinanlovin Gotye 2
2011 Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye feat. Kimbra 4 6
2011 I Feel Better Gotye 1
2011 Easy Way Out Gotye 1
2012 Save Me Gotye 1
2013 State of the Art Gotye 1
2013 Hotel Home Spender feat. Gotye 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Eyes Wide Open Gotye 3

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