Esperanza Spalding Wins “Best New Artist” With Stunning Grammy Upset; Orchard Artists Take Home 3 Other Trophies
With all due respect to Arcade Fire, the 53rd Grammy Awards’ most surprising moment came when prodigiously talented but relatively unknown jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding beat out Drake, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, and Justin freaking Bieber in the “Best New Artist” category. (Bieber nation was NOT amused). Jazz lovers might be slightly perplexed at the “new” distinction since she has issued two previous albums, has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Herbie Hancock, and performed at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, at President Obama’s invitation, but we’re thrilled that Spalding is now getting the recognition she so richly deserves. (We’re even willing to bet that some of those Bieber fans come around eventually.) We’ve had her 2006 debut Junjo on repeat.
We’d also like to congratulate the following Orchard artists for winning in their respective categories: