Nemo (singer)

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Nemo
Nemo in 2024
Nemo in 2024
Background information
Birth nameNemo Mettler
Born (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 24)
Biel/Bienne, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • rapper
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • violin
  • piano
  • drums
LabelsBakara Music[1]
Websitenemothings.com

Nemo Mettler (born 3 August 1999) is a Swiss musician and singer-rapper who plays the violin, piano and drums.

non-binary act to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest, and later won the 2024 contest with the song "The Code". They were the first openly non-binary musician to win the contest, and the third winner representing Switzerland (following the 1956 and 1988 competitions).[3][4]

Career

Nemo at the press conference following their Eurovision win in 2024

Nemo began their interest in music at the age of three, learning to play the violin, piano and drum machine. They studied opera singing from age nine to thirteen.[5] At the age of ten, they joined the Biel children's opera and performed in Mozart's The Magic Flute[6] which was later used as inspiration for "The Code".[7] At thirteen, they performed in the musical I've never been to New York.[8] They also began rapping at this age, competing in Swiss contests and performing songs they independently wrote.[9] They found early success in battle rap as a teenager[10] and performed on season three of the Swiss television show Die grössten Schweizer Talente [de], receiving praise from the judges.[11]

In 2015, Nemo released their first EP Clownfisch, under the name Nemo (CH), which peaked at number 95 in the Swiss charts.[12][13] In 2016, when they were seventeen, Nemo's single "Cypher" went viral.[8] In 2017, Nemo released the EPs Momänt-Kids[14] and Fundbüro under the name Nemo (CH).[15] Fundbüro contained the single "Du",[16] which reached number 4 in Switzerland.[17] "Ke Bock" and "Himalaya" also charted.[8] In the same year they studied solo singing in jazz and pop at Zurich University of the Arts,[9][18] won the SRF 3 Best Talent prize,[8] and later settled in Berlin to pursue their music career.[19] In 2018, Nemo won four Swiss Music Prizes, including best song of the year for Du and best concert performance of the year.[8]

After staying in Los Angeles in 2020, Nemo decided to switch from singing in Swiss German to English.

non-binary performer to win the contest; they also finished with the fourth highest amount of points in the final in the competition's history.[24][25]

Personal life

Nemo at Eurovision Song Contest 2024

Nemo Mettler was born in Biel/Bienne in the canton of Bern.[26] Their father, Markus Mettler, is an entrepreneur and inventor, and mother, Nadja Schnetzler, a journalist.[27] Nemo's sister, Ella, is a photographer.[28] She collaborates with Nemo in the artistic direction of their projects.[29] Nemo's first name means 'no one' in Latin. During a mission for the Swiss Red Cross in El Salvador in 2018, they said "my parents thought that if I was no-one, I could become anyone."[30][31]

In 2022, Nemo came out as pansexual via an Instagram story,[32] and as of 2024, they have been in a five-year relationship with their girlfriend, who was the first person they came out to (as non-binary).[33]

In November 2023, Nemo came out as

SonntagsZeitung,[34] after being closeted since around 2021.[10] In the article, Nemo also stated that they prefer to be referred to by their given name instead of pronouns in German,[34] and use they/them pronouns in English.[35]

Nemo currently lives in Berlin.[36]

Activism

Following their Eurovision win, Nemo called on the Swiss government to legally recognise a third gender, after this proposal was rejected in 2022.[37] When asked in an interview who they would call first after their win, they responded with Beat Jans, Switzerland's justice minister, stating that "we need to have the representation in our politics". A spokesperson for Jans later stated that the minister had responded and was willing to meet Nemo to discuss the rights of non-binary people in Switzerland.[38] In response to the topic, Green Party member of the National Council Sibel Arslan wrote on social media that "a non-binary person who officially doesn't exist in Switzerland has won Eurovision 2024", and that the matter was "more relevant than ever", urging the Federal Council to act.[39]

Discography

Extended plays

List of EPs, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
SWI
[17]
Clownfisch 95
Momänt-Kids
  • Released: 21 October 2017[14]
  • Label: Bakara Music
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Fundbüro
  • Released: 17 November 2017[15]
  • Label: Bakara Music
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Whatever Feels Right
  • Released: 9 September 2022[22]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album or EP
SWI
[17]
FIN
[40]
GER
[41]
IRE
[42]
ITA
[43]
NLD
[44]
NOR
[45]
SWE
[46]
WW
[48]
"Himalaya" 2016 27 Momänt-Kids
"Style"
(with Marc Amacher)
2017 Non-album single
"Du" 4 Fundbüro
"Usserirdisch" 64
"Crush uf di" 2018 77 Non-album singles
"5i uf de Uhr" 2019 31
"365"
"Girl us mire City"
"Dance with Me" 2020
"Video Games"
"Hailey"
(with Chelan)
2021 Orange & Blue
"Certified Pop Queen" Non-album singles
"Chleiderchäschtli"
(with KT Gorique [fr])
"Lonely AF" 2022 Whatever Feels Right
"Own Sh¡t"
"F*ck Love"
(with Anthony de la Torre)
"Be like You"
"This Body" 2023 Non-album singles
"Falling Again" 2024
"The Code" 1 3 14 5 61 13 13 5 18 52
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
"*" denotes the chart did not exist at that time.

As featured artist

Title Year Album or EP
"Sheriff"
(Visu featuring Nemo)
2016 Sex & Röschti
"Singer"
(Dodo [de] featuring Nemo)
2017 Pfingstweid
"Legend"
(Stress featuring Nemo)
2019 Sincèrement

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album or EP
SWI
[17]
"Ke bock" 2017 31 Momänt-Kids
"Kunstwärch" 90 Fundbüro

Awards and achievements

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Energy Star Night 2017 Energy Music Award Themself Won [49]
Prix Walo Best Newcomer Won [50]
Swiss Music Awards Best Talent Won [51]
2018 Best Male Solo Act Won [52][53]
Best Breaking Act Won
Best Live Act Won
Best Hit "Du" Won
OUTmusic Award 2024 Eurovision Song of the Year "The Code" Won [54]
Eurostory Award Best Lyrics Won [55]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2024
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Sweden Loreen
with "Tattoo"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2024
Succeeded by
Incumbent