Grammys 2011: Esperanza Spalding wins best new artist award over Justin Bieber
In one of the bigger surprises so far of this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding won the best new artist award, beating out better known names Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + The Machine and Mumford and Sons.
That's right, Spalding -- a 26-year-old jazz performer and bassist whose second solo album, "Chamber Music Society," was relased last year, and who is not the subject of a 3-D biopic currently playing in a multiplex near you -- beat out the Biebs. If you're a serious music (especially jazz) fan, this was a moment in which integrity triumphed over mass popularity. If you have Bieber fever, this was an injustice of the highest order, as evidenced by the predictable explosion of "Who the [bleep] is Esperanza Spalding and who does she think she is?" tweets that immediately dominated Twitter. One example:
That awkward moment when Esperanza Spalding wins 'Best New Artist' and NOBODY knows who the heck she is. #dudeitstrue
If you're curious about how Spalding could have been nominated, the rules for the new artist category allow for the inclusion of performers who have previously released singles or even albums. It's really more of a best up-and-comer sort of award, and that's why Spalding qualifies.
For those curious to hear more of her music, check out the above clip of her 2009 performance at The White House, then watch her NPR tiny desk concert, recorded just a few weeks ago:
| February 13, 2011; 11:10 PM ET
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