Calvin Harris

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Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris - Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 - 09.jpg
Harris performing at Rock in Rio in Madrid in July 2012
Born Adam Richard Wiles
(1984-01-17) 17 January 1984 (age 32)
Dumfries, Scotland
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • remixer
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass
  • synthesiser
  • sampler
  • sequencer
Years active 2002–present

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer. His debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and was the precursor to his top-10 singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls". In 2009, Harris released his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and earned a gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry within two months of release. Its lead single, "I'm Not Alone", became his first number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Harris rose to international prominence in 2012 with the release of his third studio album, 18 Months. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the Billboard 200 in the US, reaching number 19. All eight of the album's singles; "Bounce", "Let's Go", "We'll Be Coming Back", "Sweet Nothing", "Drinking from the Bottle", "I Need Your Love", "Thinking About You" and "Feel So Close", along with "We Found Love" reached the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.

Harris has collaborated with numerous other recording artists, including Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, John Newman, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding, Ne-Yo, Cheryl Cole and Gwen Stefani. His collaboration with Rihanna led to two singles, "Where Have You Been" and "We Found Love". The latter became an international success, giving Harris his first US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Harris released his fourth studio album, Motion, in November 2014. It debuted at at number two in the UK and number five in the US, and became Harris's second consecutive number-one album on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The album's first three singles—"Under Control", "Summer" and "Blame"—all topped the UK chart.

Harris holds the record for the most top 10 songs from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with nine top 10 entries, surpassing Michael Jackson. In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[5] He also became the first British solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify.[6] Harris has received ten Brit Award nominations—three for Best British Male, and four Grammy nominations, winning a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2013. He received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was named Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Additionally, Harris topped Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid DJs for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015. Harris also runs his own record label Fly Eye Records.

Early life and career[edit]

Adam Richard Wiles was born on 17 January 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland.[7] His English parents, David Wiles, a biochemist, and Pamela, a homemaker, married in Oxford before moving to the Dumfries suburb Georgetown.[8] He has an older sister, Sophie, and an older brother, Edward.[8][9] He attended Dumfries High School, and after leaving school he stacked shelves in supermarkets and worked in a local fish processing factory in order to buy DJ gear.[10][11]

He was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and was recording bedroom demos by 1999.[12] When Harris was 18 he released two songs "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days". Both were released as 12-inch club singles and CD-EPs by the label Prima Facie in early 2002 under the name "Stouffer".[13] With these singles to his credit, Harris moved from Scotland to London, hoping to learn from the local music scene.[11][13][14] Only one of his songs was released during his time in London, "Let Me Know" with vocalist Ayah Marar on the Unabombers' 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2.[13] With the lack of job opportunities and money, Harris returned home to Dumfries and began posting homemade solo recordings to his MySpace page.[13][15] Harris' popularity on the social media website created Internet attention that prompted Mark Gillespie, a talent booker for the dance-festival firm Global Gathering, who had recently founded his own management firm,[16][17] to make Harris the company's first signing.[16]

Music career[edit]

2006–08: Career beginnings and I Created Disco[edit]

Main article: I Created Disco

Harris signed contracts with Three Six Zero Group (management), EMI (publishing) and Sony BMG (recording) in 2006 after he had been discovered on the social networking website Myspace.[18] Later in 2006, Harris produced a remix of All Saints' hit single "Rock Steady".[19]

Harris's debut album, I Created Disco, was released in June 2007. He started working on the album in 2006 after he moved back from living in London to his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland.[20] All fourteen tracks were written, produced and performed solely by Harris and all recording and producing for the album took place on an Amiga computer.[20] To promote I Created Disco, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada.[21][22] I Created Disco was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[23] It reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart and number 19 on the US Top Electronic Albums.[24][25]

Harris performing at the Eurockéennes 2008

The album contained uptempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. The song, "Vegas", was issued on limited edition vinyl. The first wide-release single from the album was released in March 2007. "Acceptable in the 80s", a tribute to the style and culture of the decade reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining on the chart for 15 weeks.[24] "The Girls", the album's second single, peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart and at number four in the Scotland chart. The third and final release from the album, "Merrymaking at My Place", only reached number 43.[24]

The same year, Harris caught the attention of Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer.[21] This led to him co-writing and producing two songs on her 2007 album X—"Heart Beat Rock" and "In My Arms", the latter a top-10 hit in the UK. Harris said that working with Minogue was "surreal, but fun" although he admitted to Mixmag in 2007 to "needing a few drinks before meeting her".[26] Harris also contributed the song "Off & On" to Róisín Murphy's album Overpowered, but it was cut from the album; Harris would later give the song to Sophie Ellis-Bextor to record for her 2011 album Make a Scene. In 2007, Harris produced a remix of the second single "4th of July (Fireworks)" from Kelis 's album Flesh Tone.[27]

In 2008, Harris collaborated with rapper Dizzee Rascal on his single "Dance wiv Me", producing the track and singing the hook. The single reached number one in the UK and has been certified platinum by the BPI, selling 600,000 copies.[23] It was shortlisted for the 2008 Popjustice £20 Music Prize and, in 2009, received a Brit Award nomination for British Single and an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Best Contemporary Song.[28] On 18 October 2008, Harris was featured on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix with a two-hour set.[29]

2008–10: Ready for the Weekend[edit]

Harris performing at Xbox Reverb in 2009

Harris' second album, Ready for the Weekend, was released in August 2009 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, eventually being certified gold by the BPI within two months of release.[23][24][30] Eleven of the fourteen tracks included in the album were sung, produced and written solely by Harris.[30] "I'm Not Alone", released as the album's lead single in April 2009, debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up single, "Ready for the Weekend", reached number three.[24] The third single from Ready for the Weekend, "Flashback", featuring Jordanian singer Ayah Marar reached number eighteen in the UK.[24] During promotion of the album, Harris hosted a series of videos on YouTube titled JAM TV, in which musicians such as Florence Welch, Goldie and Katy Perry tried to open pots of jam.[31] At the 2010 Brit Awards, Harris received a nomination for Best British Male.[32]

On 8 February 2010, "You Used to Hold Me" was released as the fourth and final single from the album. It reached number 27 on The UK Singles Chart.[24] The song marked the last time Harris regularly sang on his records, he opted to focus more on music production while having guest singers provide the vocals for him.[33] the same year, shortly after his "Ready for the Weekend tour' wrapped, Harris parted ways with members of his band in which he served as lead vocalist and made the decision to stop doing live shows.[34] In an interview with Billboard, Harris said: "I thought I'd exhausted every avenue [on the two albums] and it takes a long time to make me sound good, which is why I stopped singing live as well. I'd like to think of someone who's better-looking, a better singer, better dancer to be the frontperson for the song."[34] He also released several remixes including Shakira's "She Wolf", Katy Perry's "Waking Up in Vegas", Mr Hudson's "Supernova" (featuring Kanye West) and Mika"s "We Are Golden".[34]

Harris also produced Dizzee Rascal's next single titled "Holiday", which reached number one on the UK singles chart.[35] Harris made a guest appearance as vocalist on Tiësto's song "Century" on the Dutch producer's album Kaleidoscope.[36] Harris also produced and mixed the English duo The Ting Tings's single Hands which was released on 18 August 2010.[37] The song was originally set to become the first single of their second studio album, but the duo ultimately cancelled the album plans and the song was added as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Sounds From Nowheresville.[37] On 14 November, Harris invaded the stage of the UK's The X Factor during a performance by Irish duo Jedward, holding a pineapple on his head. He later apologised on Twitter.[38]

Harris claimed that Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x", released in October 2010 plagiarised his 2009 single "I'm Not Alone"[39] After considering similarities between the two songs, Harris was subsequently added to the songwriting credits on the single and the F.A.M.E. album.[40] Harris also featured on Kylie Minogue's eleventh studio album Aphrodite, collaborating on a disco and synthpop track titled "Too Much".[41] In July 2010, Harris released a mix, titled L.E.D. Festival (short for L.E.D. Festival Presents... Calvin Harris).

2011–13: 18 Months and international prominence[edit]

Main article: 18 Months
Harris performing at Rock in Rio in Madrid in July 2012

In 2011, Harris toured with Rihanna as a support act on the European leg of her Loud Tour; Rihanna was quoted to say that "Calvin is the perfect fit for the Loud tour. He is going to bring something unique and fun for the fans."[42] Harris played the 2011 Mardi Gras Party in Sydney on 5 March.[43] Harris also featured on LMFAO's album Sorry for Party Rocking, appearing on the track "Reminds Me of You", which is based on Harris's own song "Awooga". Harris produced Tinchy Stryder's second single, "Off the Record" from his fourth studio album, Full Tank. The track had its premiere on 15 September 2011, and was released in the UK on 6 November 2011.[44][45]

Harris released the single "Bounce", a collaboration with Kelis that debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in June 2011.[24] Another single, "Feel So Close", was released in August 2011 and also reached number two in the United Kingdom.[24] "Feel So Close" became Harris's first solo entry on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, peaking at number 12.[46] Harris performed at the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball concert, and was announced as one of the headline acts at a number of Southern Hemisphere 2011/2012 new year music festivals.[47]

Following a stint as her support act on the Australian leg of her tour, Harris produced "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been" for Barbadian singer Rihanna. The former was included on Harris's upcoming album 18 Months, and premiered on Capital FM radio in the UK on 22 September 2011. "We Found Love" topped the charts in 27 countries worldwide, including the UK where it became Harris's third UK number one, peaked in the top 10 in 30 countries, and broke many records worldwide.[24][48] Topping the Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks, it was Harris's first US number one, and was also Rihanna's longest-running US number one and the longest-running number one of 2011.[49][50] The song was later named the 24th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100.[51] In an interview for Q magazine, Harris said of the lyric "We found love in a hopeless place": "It could have been Jumpin Jaks in Dumfries (Harris' home town), I don't know exactly what I was thinking about."[52] In 2013, "We Found Love" was placed at number three on Billboard's top 10 dance-pop collaborations of all time.[53]

Harris co-wrote and co-produced the bonus track "One Life" for R&B singer Mary J. Blige's album My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011).[54] He also worked with the pop band Scissor Sisters on the single "Only the Horses" from their fourth studio album, Magic Hour. He wrote and produced Cheryl Cole's single "Call My Name", the lead single from her third album A Million Lights.[55] Harris also produced a remix of Florence and the Machine's "Spectrum" titled "Spectrum (Say My Name)". The song was released as the album's fifth single on 5 July 2012. It was serviced to radio in the UK on 2 July 2012.[56] It became the group's first single to peak at number one on the UK Singles Chart.[57]

"Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo, released in April 2012, also reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.[24] It was his second US Billboard Hot 100 appearance as a main artist, charting at number 17.[46] The song received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 55th Grammy Awards which was held in February 2013. The album's fourth single "We'll Be Coming Back" was released in July 2012. Featuring rapper Example, it peaked at number two in the UK. The fifth single, "Sweet Nothing", features Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, and was released on 14 October 2012.[58] It peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[46] The song received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards.[59] These singles became part of his third studio album, 18 Months, which was released on 29 October 2012.[60] Harris eventually made UK chart history by becoming the first artist to attain eight top-10 hits from one studio album, breaking the record previously set by Michael Jackson.[3] 18 Months received a nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 56th Grammy Awards.[59] Harris was also nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist at the 2013 Brit Awards in February.[61]

Harris was the house DJ at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, where he won Best Electronic Video for "Feel So Close" and Video of the Year alongside Rihanna for "We Found Love".[62][63] Harris performed as part of the post-race concert of the 2013 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix in April 2013.[64] At the 2013 Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London in May, Harris received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year, with Harris calling it "easily the greatest achievement of my entire life".[65]

2013–15: Motion[edit]

On 7 October 2013, Harris and Swedish DJ Alesso released a collaborative single with synthpop duo Hurts called "Under Control" as the first single from his fourth album.[66] The song debuted at number one in the UK.[67] Later that month, Harris remixed The Killers' song "When You Were Young" for the deluxe edition of their greatest hits album Direct Hits.[68] He unveiled the full six-minute version through Rolling Stone and told the magazine: "It was a real honour to be asked to remix one of my favourite modern bands, and it was an exciting challenge for me to update this classic track for the dance-floor in a tasteful and respectful way".[69]

On 14 March 2014, Harris's song "Summer" premiered on the UK's Capital FM.[70] The track which was released as the album's second single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Harris's sixth UK number-one single.[71] It also became Harris's highest-charting solo single on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seven.[72] "Summer" was Spotify's most-streamed track of 2014 with over 200 million streams, earning Harris somewhere around $1.5 million.[73] Harris also wrote and produced the single "I Will Never Let You Down" by British recording artist Rita Ora. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it the second consecutive song written and produced by Harris to reach the apex of the chart in the same month.[74]

In April 2014, Harris performed on the main stage of Coachella Festival.[75] His set attracted the second largest crowd in the festival's history, topped only by the 2012 set of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg which featured a hologram of Tupac Shakur.[75] That year, Harris was also a headline act at several prominent music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, the iTunes Festival in London, Electric Daisy Carnival and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.[73]

The third single was Harris's collaboration with vocalist John Newman which was titled "Blame".[76] It was released in September 2014 to positive reviews from music critics and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his third consecutive UK number-one single (and his seventh overall).[77] After the release of the song, Harris become the first British solo artist to reach more than a billion streams on Spotify generating more than $7 million [6] Later that month, Harris uploaded an instrumental track called "C.U.B.A." to SoundCloud.[78] "Outside", the fourth single from the album, featuring Ellie Goulding, was released in October 2014.[79] It marked the second collaboration between Harris and Goulding, following the internationally successful single "I Need Your Love" from 2013.[79] The instrumental track "Slow Acid" was released as a promotional single from the album on 14 October 2014.[80]

His fourth album, Motion, was released on 4 November 2014.[81] It includes the previously released singles "Under Control", "Summer", "Blame" and "Outside".[24] Another track from the album, "Pray to God", featuring rock band trio Haim, was released on 11 February 2015.[82] At the 2015 Brit Awards, "Summer" was nominated for Best British Single and British Artist Video of the Year.[83] At the 2015 Glamour Awards in London on 2 June, Harris was named Glamour UK's Man of the Year.[84] He was also ranked 6th on Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players.[85] The same month, Harris was part of the main stage line-up at the Electric Daisy Carnival held in Las Vegas.[86]

2015–present: New music[edit]

On 17 July 2015, Harris and London-based production trio Disciples released the single "How Deep Is Your Love".[87] The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his 19th top-10 hit in the UK.[88][89] It peaked at number one on the ARIA Charts, giving Harris his first chart-topper in Australia.[90] The song peaked at number three on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in the US and marked Harris's eighth top ten hit since the chart's launch, making it the most of any act.[91] In September, Harris was featured on Dillon Francis's EP This Mixtape Is Fire, collaborating on a Moombahton style track entitled "What's Your Name".[92] For the 2016 Brit Awards, Harris received three nominations; Best British Male Solo Artist, and "How Deep Is Your Love" for British Single of the Year and Best British Video.[93]


In 2008, the cover of Harris' debut album I Created Disco was featured as part of a multicoloured iPod nano campaign on TV and in print in the US.[34] In 2009, Harris teamed up with Coca Cola for their 'Open Happiness' advertising campaign in the UK.[94] Harris wrote and produced an exclusive track for the brand called 'Yeah Yeah Yeah, La La La' which was featured on TV, digital, outdoor and on-pack promotional activity and was offered on 'Coke Zone' website for free download.[94][95] The same year, Harris's song "Colours" was featured in Kia Motors's hamster television advertisement for the Kia Soul EV.[96]

In 2012, Harris was featured in the Pepsi Max commercial for their Football campaign.[97] Titled "crowd surfing", the advert showed Harris on the DJ deck playing his single "Let's Go" to the crowd of partygoers alongside star footballers Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Sergio Agüero and Jack Wilshere.[97] In 2013, Harris teamed up with Sol Republic to create their first studio tuned professional-calibre headphones.[98] The partnership involved designing a customised look for the headphones and redesigning its drivers to Harris' specifications.[99]

On 17 December 2014, Harris was announced as the new face of Giorgio Armani for its men's underwear line for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. He was also named the worldwide testimonial of the Emporio Armani eyewear and watch collection.[100] The black and white campaign was shot in Los Angeles by photographer Boo George.[101] Harris returned as the face of the brand underwear line, eyewear and watch line for their Emporio Armani Fall/Winter 2015/2016 campaign. The images, shot by Lachlan Bailey, were released on July of the same year.[102]

Other ventures[edit]

In March 2010, Harris launched his own vanity label, Fly Eye Records.[103] Most of the label's releases belong to the EDM genre.[103] In 2014, the label formed a partnership with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[104] Later that year, Harris was appointed as the head of the A&R team at the dance label Deconstruction Records.[105][106]

In early 2012, Harris signed an exclusive DJ residency deal with Wynn Las Vegas which included gigs at three of the luxury resort's avenues: Encore Beach Club, Surrender and XS Nightclub.[107] In February 2013, Harris signed as the first exclusive resident DJ with the Abu Dhabi-owned hospitality company Hakkasan Group in Las Vegas. The 20-month residency saw him playing 46 dates at MGM Grand's Hakkasan nightclub, as well as 22 additional gigs at the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic.[108] In January 2015, he extended his partnership with the Hakkasan group for three more years, which includes residencies at three of the group's Las Vegas venues (Hakkasan nightclub, Wet Republic and Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace). Harris also serves as the Group's music consultant for its restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, globally.[109][110]

On 30 March 2015, Harris was announced as a co-owner, along with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. The service specialises in lossless audio and high definition music videos. Rapper Jay Z acquired the parent company of Tidal, Aspiro, in the first quarter of 2015.[111] Including Beyoncé and Jay Z, 16 artist stakeholders (such as Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Chris Martin, Nicki Minaj and more) co-own Tidal, with the majority owning a 3% equity stake.[112] The idea of having an all artist owned streaming service was created by those involved to adapt to the increased demand for streaming within the current music industry, and to rival other streaming services such as Spotify, which have been criticised for their low payout of royalties.[113]


In September 2007, Harris performed in the charity event "Wasted Youth" in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably at KOKO nightclub in Camden Town, London.[114] The event aimed to draw attention to the issue of youth suicide among men in the UK and to raise awareness and money for the charity.[114] In 2008, he supported Shelter's campaign "Hometime Scotland" which pledges to end homelessness and bad housing in Scotland.[115][116] In 2010, Harris performed live in The War Child's post-Brit Awards show (alongside La Roux and Kasabian) which took place at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London.[117] The event raised funds and public awareness on children affected by violence in war zones.[117][118]

In February 2012, Harris teamed up with several other artists (including Rihanna and Coldplay) to perform at a charity concert with all proceeds from the show going to the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.[119] In November 2012, Harris contributed several songs to Tiësto's compilation album Dance (RED) Save Lives in collaboration with anti-AIDS charity Product Red which was aimed at creating awareness on the fight for an AIDS Free Generation.[120][121] Harris participated in a global live stream of the Stereosonic music festival in Melbourne, Australia which took place on World AIDS Day on 1 December 2012.[120] The proceeds from both the album and the event were donated for the cause.[120]

Personal life[edit]

Forbes began reporting on Harris's earnings in 2013, calculating that he earned $46 million between May 2012 and May 2013, for his music, tour and his residency in Las Vegas which placed him as the highest-paid DJ of the year.[122] In 2014, Harris came in at number one on the list again for the second consecutive year with a total of $66 million in annual earnings.[123] In 2015, Harris topped the highest-paid DJs list for a third consecutive year, having earned $66 million over the previous 12 months.[124] On The Sunday Times Rich List published in April 2015, Harris was ranked the 30th richest British millionaire in music, with a personal fortune of £70 million ($105 million).[125][126]

Harris began dating British singer Rita Ora in May 2013.[127] The two collaborated on her single "I Will Never Let You Down". They broke up in June 2014.[128] In March 2015, Harris started dating American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.[129][130] By June 2015, the duo was ranked as the highest-paid celebrity couple in music over the past year by Forbes with combined earnings of more than $146 million.[131]

Harris is a teetotaler.[132] He has abstained from drinking alcohol since he was 24, stating that "I wasn't an alcoholic or anything like that, but it was clearly affecting what I do."[133]

Concert tours[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Brit Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2009 "Dance wiv Me" (with Dizzee Rascal and Chrome) British Single Nominated
2010 Calvin Harris British Male Solo Artist
2014 "I Need Your Love" (with Ellie Goulding) British Single
British Video
2015 "Summer" British Single
British Video
2016 Calvin Harris British Male Solo Artist Pending
"How Deep Is Your Love" (with Disciples) British Single
British Video Eliminated

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2013 "We Found Love" (with Rihanna) Best Short Form Music Video Won
"Let's Go" (featuring Ne-Yo) Best Dance Recording Nominated
2014 "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Nominated
18 Months Best Dance/Electronica Album Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 BT Digital Music Awards Best Electronic Artist or DJ Calvin Harris Nominated
Q Awards Best Breakthrough Artist
2009 The Music Producers Guild Awards Best Remixer Calvin Harris Won
NME Awards Best Dancefloor Filler "Dance wiv Me" (with Dizzee Rascal and Chrome) Won
Ivor Novello Awards Best Contemporary Song Nominated
Popjustice £20 Music Prize Best Contemporary Song "I'm Not Alone"
2012 MTV Video Music Awards Best Electronic Video "Feel So Close" Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song "We Found Love" (with Rihanna) Nominated
Best Video
Best Electronic Act Calvin Harris
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Pop "We Found Love" (with Rihanna)
American Music Awards Favorite EDM Artist Calvin Harris
Teen Choice Awards Electronic Dance Music Artist
MuchMusic Video Awards International Video of the Year – Artist "We Found Love" (with Rihanna)
International Dance Music Awards Best R&B/Urban Dance Track Won
Best Commercial/Pop Dance Track
NRJ Music Awards Best Song International Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Radio Song
mtvU Woodie Awards EDM Effect Woodie Won
Los Premios 40 Principales América Best International New Act Calvin Harris Nominated
Best International Dance Act Nominated
2013 NME Awards Dancefloor Anthem "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Won
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song "We Found Love" (with Rihanna)
"Let's Go" (featuring Ne-Yo)
"Where Have You Been"
"Feel So Close"
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Collaboration "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch) Nominated
International Dance Music Awards Best Commercial/Pop Dance Track Won
Best Progressive Track Nominated
Best Music Video
Best Remixer Calvin Harris
Best Artist (Solo)
Teen Choice Awards Electronic Dance Music Artist
Billboard Music Awards Top EDM Song "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch)
"Feel So Close"
Top Dance Artist Calvin Harris
Top EDM Artist
American Music Awards Favorite EDM Artist
Scottish Album of the Year Album of the Year 18 Months
Ivor Novello Awards Songwriter of the Year Calvin Harris Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Collaboration "I Need Your Love" (featuring Ellie Goulding) Nominated
Best Song of the Summer
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Electronic Act Calvin Harris
Best UK & Ireland Act
2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards EDM Song of the Year "Sweet Nothing" (featuring Florence Welch)
Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Artist Calvin Harris
Teen Choice Awards Electronic Dance Music Artist Won
EDM Song "Summer" Nominated
Summer Song
MTV Video Music Awards Best Dance Video
Los Premios 40 Principales América Best English Language Song Won
Best English Language Act Calvin Harris Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Electronic Act Won
Best UK & Ireland Act Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite EDM Artist Won
BMI London Awards Song of the Year "I Need Your Love" (featuring Ellie Goulding) Nominated[134]
2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Dance Song "Summer" Won
"Blame" (featuring John Newman) Nominated
2015 Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Artist Calvin Harris Won
Top Dance/Electronic Song "Summer" Nominated
Top Dance/Electronic Album Motion
2015 American Music Awards Favorite EDM Artist Calvin Harris Won
ARIA Music Awards of 2015 Best international artist Motion Nominated


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