Born Sonny John Moore, he won two Grammy Awards in 2012 for his widely popular track "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites." He was also named MTV's Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year in 2011. He was also one-half of the electronic duo Jack U.
He attended a boarding school in the Mojave Desert in California and started being home schooled at age 14 after being bullied. Before becoming well known, he released songs and demos on the social network site MySpace.
He won three Grammy Awards in 2013 for the album Bangarang, including one for "Promises," which he recorded with Nero.
He began dating artist and singer Ellie Goulding, who sang on the song "Summit" in February 2012. The couple separated in October 2012. He went on to date painter Charmaine Olivia.