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Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (Norwegian: ['çyr? 'gø:rvel d?:l]; born 11 September 1991), better known by his stage name Kygo (; Norwegian: [ky:?u:],[stress and tone?] stylized as KYGO and ?), is a Norwegian DJ, record producer, musician, and songwriter.

He garnered international attention with his remix of the track "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran, which has received over 55 million plays on SoundCloud and 65 million views on YouTube[9] and his single "Firestone" which has over 450 million views on YouTube with an additional 560 million plays on the music streaming service Spotify, as of August 2017.[10][11] Kygo has accumulated over 69 billion views on his music on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Kygo has since released several singles, such as "Stole the Show", "Here for You", "Stay", and "It Ain't Me", which have debuted on several international charts. Kygo's debut album Cloud Nine was released on 13 May 2016.[12] He made history on 21 August 2016 at the 2016 Rio Olympics, when he became the first house music producer to perform at an Olympics closing ceremony.[13]

Early life and career


Kygo was born 11 September 1991 as a non-native foreign in Singapore,[1][2] the son of Kjersti Gjerde, a dentist, and Lars Gørvell-Dahll, an abroad worker in the maritime industry.[14][15] He has an older stepbrother Mads, two older sisters Johanne and Jenny, and a younger half-brother Sondre.[1][15] Through his childhood, he lived and traveled with his family in Brazil, Japan, Kenya and Egypt.[1]

Kygo started getting piano lessons at the age of 6.[16] He stopped when he was 15 or 16 and started producing music with Logic Studio and a MIDI keyboard while watching several tutorials on YouTube.[17] When he decided to pursue music full-time he was halfway through a degree in business and finance at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.[18]

2014: Breakthrough

On 1 December 2014, he released the single "Firestone", featuring vocals from Conrad (mononym for Conrad Sewell), which gained international recognition and debuted on several charts worldwide. After receiving over 80 million views on YouTube and SoundCloud, Kygo was contacted by Avicii and by Chris Martin of Coldplay to create a remix of the song "Midnight".[19][20] He has also supported Avicii at Findings Festival in Oslo, Norway, in 2014.[19] On 19 September 2014, it was confirmed that Kygo was to replace Avicii at mainstage in TomorrowWorld, due to Avicii's health concerns.[21]

He was also featured in an interview for Billboard magazine, where he talked to writer Matt Medved about his remixes for Diplo and Coldplay, and talked about his upcoming tour in North America.[22] In July 2014, Kygo entered into a partnership with EDM lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a collaboration bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.[23] In the same month, he signed a record label deal with Sony International and Ultra Music.[24]

2015-2016: Cloud Nine and Kygo Life

In February 2015, Kygo's song "ID" was featured in the official trailer for Ultra Music Festival.[25] The same track is also featured on FIFA 16, a popular association football video game by EA Sports.[26] In August 2015, Kygo was a featured headliner at Lollapalooza in Chicago, one of the biggest music festivals in the world. He made his U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden in October 2015.

On 21 March 2015, he released his second single, titled "Stole the Show", featuring Parson James, which as of 11 April 2015, had 1.4 million online streams.[27] On 31 July 2015, he released his third single, "Nothing Left", featuring Will Heard. "Nothing Left" reached number one on the Norwegian Singles Chart. On 4 September 2015, he released his fourth single, titled "Here for You", featuring Ella Henderson, which was revealed to be the vocal version of the song "ID" that was released as part of the Ultra Music Festival.

Three months later, his fifth single, "Stay", produced with fellow Norwegian record producer William Larsen and featuring vocals by Maty Noyes, was released on 4 December 2015.

After the release of the single, Kygo announced that he was embarking on a worldwide tour to promote his debut studio album. Soon after, he revealed that his debut studio album was going to be released on 19 February 2016, but was delayed. He, instead, released a teaser of the songs that he was working on that were on his debut studio album and released it on SoundCloud.

In the beginning of March 2016, Kygo announced that his debut studio album was going to be released on 13 May 2016, under the title Cloud Nine. He also announced that he would be releasing three promotional singles, leading up to the release of the album. The first of these singles, which was released 18 March 2016, was entitled "Fragile", which features vocals and was collaborated with Labrinth. The second single came out on 1 April 2016, and was called "Raging", which features vocals from the Irish band Kodaline and was also co-written by James Bay. The third and last single was released on 22 April 2016 and was entitled "I'm In Love", featuring vocals from James Vincent McMorrow.

Kygo's debut studio album was released on 13 May 2016.[12] Other collaborations were revealed to include Parson James, Tom Odell, Kodaline, Conrad Sewell, John Legend, James Vincent McMorrow, Foxes, Rhodes, Matt Corby, Maty Noyes, Julia Michaels and Angus and Julia Stone.

Kygo launched a new lifestyle brand called Kygo Life on 17 August 2016. The brand consists of two collections of high-fashion and relaxed wear, in addition to hardware such as headphones.[28][29] Kygo Life is at the moment only available in Europe, United States and Canada.[30][31]

He performed "Carry Me" with American singer and songwriter Julia Michaels at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics on 21 August at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, as part of a segment that promoted the new Olympic Channel service launching after the Games.[32]

2017-present: Stargazing and Kids in Love

On 9 February 2017, Kygo posted a snippet of his collaboration with American singer and actress Selena Gomez.[33] They confirmed the single titled "It Ain't Me", via their social media accounts on February 13, 2017. It was released on February 16, 2017.[34] The song is the lead single from Kygo's first EP, Stargazing.

On 28 April 2017, Kygo released the second single from the EP, "First Time", with British singer Ellie Goulding.

On 15 September 2017, Kygo remixed the U2 song "You're The Best Thing About Me", which was also released as his collaborative single with the band.[35]

On 19 October 2017, Kygo announced via Facebook that his second studio album is called Kids in Love, which was released on 3 November. On 20 October 2017, he released the lead single "Kids in Love", which features The Night Game.

Personal life

Kyrre is in a relationship with Maren Platou, who was publicly known since March 2016.[36] He is a fan of Manchester United.[37]

Stage name

Cloud 9 version of Kygo's logo (?)

His artist name Kygo can be pronounced as (Norwegian pronunciation: [ky:?u:])[38] for Norwegian speakers, and as (English pronunciation: )[38] for English speakers. Both pronunciations can be used interchangeably.

Kyrre got the idea for his stage name through a username he received in high school for the digital learning platform itslearning.[39] The service used parts of his name to create a nickname, thereof "Ky-" standing for the first two letters in his given name "Kyrre", and "-go" for the first two letters in his last name "Gørvell-Dahll". The letter ø is usually replaced with letter o in computing.

In an interview with newspaper Fanaposten, Kyrre quoted; "Kygo [as an artist name] has been absolutely perfect. It is very easy to say, in both Norwegian and English. [And] I have no need to change the artist name [in the future]".[39]


In June 2016, NRK said that Kygo is "giving 50 000 USD [...] of the profits [of his sold-out festival on 20 August]" to Frank Mugisha; Kygo was quoted: "Everyone should be permitted to live with one's sexual orientation. That is not the situation in Uganda and quite a few other countries across the world".[40]


Studio albums


Year Title Role Running time Note Ref.
2017 Stole the Show Himself 51 min (0 hr, 51 min) Documentary by Apple Music [41]
Year Title Role # of episodes Note Ref.
2015 Bring On the Night Himself 2 (season 1) Docuseries by VGTV [42]
Nøkkelen til suksess 1 (season 1, episode 4) Docuseries by NRK [43]


  • Endless Summer Tour (2014)[44]
  • Cloud Nine Tour (2016)[45]
  • Kids in Love Tour (2018)[46]

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Work Result Ref.
2015 YouTube Music Awards YouTube Music Video Award "Stole the Show" Won [47]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Norwegian Act Kygo Nominated [48]
2016 International Dance Music Awards
by Winter Music Conference
Best Break-Through DJ Won [49]
Best Break-Through Artist (Solo) Won
Best Chillout/Lounge Track "Stole the Show" Won
Spellemannprisen '15 Årets Spellemann (Spellemann of the Year) Kygo Won [50][51]
Årets Nykommer & Gramostipend
(Newcomer of the Year & Gramo Scholarship)
Årets Musikkvideo (Music Video of the Year) "Stole the Show" Nominated
Årets Låt (Song of the Year) Won
"Firestone" Nominated
Electronic Music Awards & Foundation
* Still pending postponed award show
Best New Artist Kygo Pending [52]
Single of the Year "Stole the Show" Pending
Spellemann & Music Norway Eksportprisen '15 (The Export Prize '15) Kygo Won [53]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Norwegian Act Nominated [54]
NRJ Music Awards DJ de l'année (DJ of the Year) Nominated [55]
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Popsolist (Pop Solo Artist) Cloud Nine Nominated [56]
Årets Låt (Song of the Year) "Stay" Nominated
WDM Radio Awards Best New Talent Kygo Nominated [57]
Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Album Cloud Nine Nominated [58]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Collaboration "It Ain't Me"
(shared with Selena Gomez)
Nominated [59]
Choice Electronic/Dance Song Nominated [60]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Dance Video Nominated [61]
Nickelodeon Colombia Kids' Choice Awards Colaboración Favorita
(Favorite Collaboration)
Nominated [62]
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice Awards Nominated [63]
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids' Choice Awards Nominated [64]
LOS40 Music Awards International Artist of the Year Kygo Nominated [65]
Best International Video "It Ain't Me"
(shared with Selena Gomez)
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Norwegian Act Kygo Nominated [66]
2018 Spellemannprisen '17 Årets Låt (Song of the Year) "It Ain't Me"
(shared with Selena Gomez)
Pending [67]


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