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Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (born 11 September 1991), better known by his stage name Kygo (Norwegian: [ˈkyːɡuː]), is a Norwegian DJ, songwriter and record producer.

He garnered international attention with his December 2013 remix of the track "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran,[10] and his March 2015 single "Firestone".[11][12]

In late 2015, Kygo became the fastest artist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify and by June 2016, he had reached 2 billion streams on Spotify.[13]

Kygo has since released several singles, such as "Stole the Show", "Here for You", "Stay", "It Ain't Me", and a remix of "Higher Love" performed by Whitney Houston, all of which have debuted on several international charts. Kygo's debut album Cloud Nine was released on 13 May 2016.[14]

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.[15]

In March 2018, Billboard ranked Kygo 3rd on its 2018 ranking of dance musicians titled Billboard Dance 100.[16]

Kygo has studied piano since he was 6 years old and considers himself more of a pianist than a disc jockey. His music is generally around 100 beats per minute, compared to 128 beats per minute for traditional house music.[17]

His stage name is derived from the first 2 letters of his first and last names and he got the idea for this name after a school computer system automatically generated the word "Kygo" as his login user name.

Background information
Birth nameKyrre Gørvell-Dahll
Born(1991-09-11)11 September 1991
OriginBergen, Norway
  • Tropical house[3]
  • deep house[4]
  • progressive house[5][4]
  • downtempo
  • DJ
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Programming
  • piano
  • keyboards
Years active
  • 2009–present
Websitekygomusic.com [94]

Early life

Kygo was born on 11 September 1991 in Singapore,[1][2] the son of Kjersti Gjerde, a dentist, and Lars Gørvell-Dahll, who was working abroad in the maritime industry.[18][19] He has an older stepbrother Mads, two older sisters Johanne and Jenny, and a younger half-brother Sondre.[1][19] 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 six.[20] 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.[21] 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.[17] He has cited Swedish DJ Avicii as his main inspiration.[22]


2014: Breakthrough

On 15 May 2013, Kygo released his first single called "Epsilon" on Romanian record label Ensis Records.[23] After that, on 1 December 2014, he released the single "Firestone", featuring vocals from 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".[24][25] He has also supported Avicii at Findings Festival in Oslo, Norway, in 2014.[24] On 19 September 2014, it was confirmed that Kygo was to replace Avicii at mainstage in TomorrowWorld, due to Avicii's health concerns.[26]

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.[27] In July 2014, Kygo entered into a partnership with EDM lifestyle brand Electric Family [95] to produce a collaboration bracelet [96] for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.[28] In the same month, he signed a record label deal with Sony International and Ultra Music.[29]

2015–2016: Cloud Nine and Kygo Life

Kygo wordmark, which was introduced 2013 (※)

Kygo wordmark, which was introduced 2013 (※)[34][35]

In February 2015, Kygo's song "ID" was featured in the official trailer for Ultra Music Festival.[30] The same track is also featured on FIFA 16, a popular association football video game by EA Sports.[31] 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 September 2018, had 304 million views on YouTube.[32] 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. In December 2015, Kygo became the fastest artist in history to reach one billion streams on Spotify.[33]

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.[14] 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 & 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.[36][37] Kygo Life is at the moment only available in Europe, United States and Canada.[38][39]

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.[40]

2017–2018: Stargazing and Kids in Love

On 9 February 2017, Kygo posted a snippet of his collaboration with American singer and actress Selena Gomez.[41] They confirmed the single titled "It Ain't Me", via their social media accounts on 13 February. It was released on 16 February.[42] The song is the lead single from Kygo's first EP, Stargazing. On 28 April, 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.[43]

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, he released the lead single and title track "Kids in Love", which features The Night Game. Shortly after releasing the album, Kygo announced the Kids in Love Tour. On 16 March 2018, Kygo released "Remind Me to Forget", a track featuring American singer Miguel, as the third single from the album, following "Stranger Things" featuring the American pop rock band "One Republic". "Stranger Things" received a remix from "Alan Walker".

2018–present: Third studio album

In June 2018, Kygo announced a collaboration with American rock band Imagine Dragons titled "Born to Be Yours".[44] The single was released on 11 June.[45] On 21 September, Kygo debuted his upcoming single, "Happy Now", during his set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the T-Mobile Arena. The single is a collaboration with Sandro Cavazza. On 24 October, Kygo posted a clip from the single's music video on his social media account. The single was released on 26 October.[46]

In October 2018, Kygo and his manager, Myles Shear, partnered with Sony Music Entertainment and launched the Palm Tree Records label. Palm Tree Records aims to be a platform for up-and-coming artists.[47]

"Think About You" featuring American singer Valerie Broussard. It was released as a single on 14 February 2019, and considered timed for Valentine's Day.[48]

"Carry On" is a song with British singer Rita Ora, released as a single from the soundtrack to the 2019 film, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.[49] The song was released on 19 April 2019 through RCA Records.

On 23 May 2019, Kygo released "Not Ok" with American singer Chelsea Cutler. As of 7th September, 2019 its YouTube video has 64 million views and on Spotify the song has been streamed over 52 million times.

On 14 June 2019, Kygo released his first song in Norwegian language, with Bergen rappers Store P and Lars Vaular called "Kem kan eg ringe".

On 28 June 2019, Kygo remixed Whitney Houston’s cover version of Steve Winwood’s song "Higher Love". On August 21, 2019, "Higher Love" reached No. 1 position on Billboard magazine's Dance Club Songs chart, making it Houston's highest-charting posthumous release to date. "Higher Love" has been streamed over 113 million times on Spotify as of 7th September 2019.

Personal life

Kygo is in a relationship with Maren Platou, which became publicly known in March 2016.[50] He is a fan of Manchester United.[51]

Stage name

His stage name Kygo can be pronounced as (Norwegian pronunciation: [kyːɡuː])[52] for Norwegian speakers, and /ˈkaɪɡoʊ/[52] 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.[53] 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]".[53]


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".[54]


  • Cloud Nine (2016)

  • Kids in Love (2017)


YearTitleRoleRunning timeNoteRef.
2017Stole the ShowHimself51 min(0 hr, 51 min)Documentary by Apple Music[55]

of episodes

2015Bring On the NightHimself2(season 1)Docuseries by VGTV[56]
Nøkkelen til suksess1(season 1, episode 4)Docuseries by NRK[57]


  • Endless Summer Tour (2014)[58]

  • Cloud Nine Tour (2016)[59]

  • Kids in Love Tour (2018)[60]

Awards and nominations

2015YouTube Music AwardsYouTube Music Video Award"Stole the Show"Won[61]
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Norwegian ActKygoNominated[62]
2016International Dance Music Awards
by Winter Music Conference
Best Break-Through DJWon[63]
Best Break-Through Artist (Solo)Won
Best Chillout/Lounge Track"Stole the Show"Won
Spellemannprisen '15Årets Spellemann (Spellemann of the Year)KygoWon[64][65]
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
Electronic Music Awards & Foundation
  • Still pending postponed award show
Best New ArtistKygoPending[66]
Single of the Year"Stole the Show"Pending
Spellemann & Music NorwayEksportprisen '15 (The Export Prize '15)KygoWon[67]
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Norwegian ActNominated[68]
NRJ Music AwardsDJ de l’année (DJ of the Year)Nominated[69]
2017Spellemannprisen '16Popsolist (Pop Solo Artist)Cloud NineNominated[70]
Årets Låt (Song of the Year)"Stay"Nominated
WDM Radio AwardsBest New TalentKygoNominated[71]
Billboard Music AwardsTop Dance/Electronic AlbumCloud NineNominated[72]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Collaboration"It Ain't Me"
(shared with Selena Gomez)
Choice Electronic/Dance SongNominated[74]
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Dance VideoNominated[75]
Nickelodeon Colombia Kids' Choice AwardsColaboración Favorita
(Favorite Collaboration)
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice AwardsNominated[77]
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids' Choice AwardsNominated[78]
LOS40 Music AwardsInternational Artist of the YearKygoNominated[79]
Best International Video"It Ain't Me"
(shared with Selena Gomez)
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Norwegian ActKygoNominated[80]
2018Spellemannprisen '17Årets Låt (Song of the Year)"It Ain't Me"
(shared with Selena Gomez)
WDM Radio AwardsBest Global TrackNominated[82]
Best Deep House DJKygoNominated
Billboard Music AwardsTop Dance/Electronic ArtistKygoNominated[83]
Top Dance/Electronic AlbumStargazingNominated
Top Dance/Electronic Song"It Ain't Me"
(shared with Selena Gomez)
International Dance Music Awards
by Winter Music Conference
Best Live ActKygoWon[84]
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Norwegian ActNominated[85]
2019Spellemannprisen '18Årets Låt (Song of the Year)"Remind Me to Forget"
(shared with Miguel)
iHeartRadio Music AwardsDance Song of the YearNominated[87]
Dance Artist of the YearKygoNominated
Billboard Music AwardsTop Dance/Electronic ArtistNominated[88]
Top Dance/Electronic AlbumKids in LoveNominated

DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ

201533New Entry[89]
201626Up 7
201724Up 2
201832Down 8


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