A Primer on Grimes, the Experimental Pop Star Who Just Had Her First Baby With Elon Musk

Jenzia Burgos

Elon Musk is a household name; his partner, Grimes, should be too. But after the couple welcomed their first baby together on May 4, 2020, many were still wondering: Who is Grimes, Elon Musk’s girlfriend? The 32-year-old Canadian enigma has managed to toe the line between bonafide pop stardom and niche appeal for over a decade, so it’s a question she practically eludes. Nobody really knows Grimes.

So, your unfamiliarity is (sorta) the point. It’s difficult to pin her down. What we do know about Grimes, the producing-illustrating-singing-directing-extraordinaire, is that she’s been releasing music since the early 2000s and crafting her self-described “ethereal nu-metal” sound ever since. With five albums under her...

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