Esperanza Spalding


Esperanza Spalding

You may not have known that name last night, but most of the internet is abuzz with it now.

Esperanza Spalding is a Jazz singer and bass player who 'upset' Justin Bieber (among others) for the Best New Artist award during the 2011 Grammy Awards last night.

This was such an 'upset' that the Wikipedia entry on Spalding was hacked by angry Bieber fansFull Story.

There doesn't seem to be any bad blood on Bieber's behalf, but the fans are outraged.

To her credit, Esperanza  Spalding is incredibly talented and just as deserving of winning the award as any of the other nominees.

For the Bieber faithful out there, I can only say this:  No matter how amazingly popular an artist is, the Grammys are not likely to reward you.  Unlike other music awards where fans can vote or album sales are key, the Grammys look more at what any artist did from a creative and or groundbreaking perspective. 

During the 1990's when Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, *NSync, and the Backstreet Boys were dominating TRL, they did not dominate the Grammys.  These are awards that look for substance.  Not to take anything away from Justin Bieber, he's very talented and will continue to be successful, but he's not necessarily doing anything that hasn't been done before.

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