February 14th, 2011
04:35 PM ET

Getting to know Esperanza Spalding

The critical affection for this year's recipient of the best new artist Grammy has been steadily growing for a few years now, but you wouldn't have known judging by the amount of people searching for info about Esperanza Spalding last night.

The reaction of "who?" was nearly instantaneous across the Web on Sunday as Spalding snagged the Grammy away from Justin Bieber and Drake, two artists that you couldn't be unaware of if you tried. Florence + the Machine and Mumford and Sons were also up for the award.

Yet while you may not know her name, odds are you've seen her perform before. 

The 26-year-old bassist, singer and composer from Portland, Oregon has showcased her musical style at the White House; turned in a show at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2009; sang a tribute to Prince at the BET Awards last summer; and has appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman."

Although she's known for her skill with the bass, her first instrument was the violin. She told Oprah Winfrey's magazine "O" that she got into music at age 4, after seeing renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," and she spent 10 years with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon, becoming concertmaster at 15.

When the Berklee School of Music offered Spalding a full scholarship, she headed to Boston, and after completing her studies early was hired on as faculty at the age of 20. That year, according to the New Yorker, she wrote and recorded her album "Junjo."

By 23, she was being hailed as the artist to watchwith the release of 2008's "Esperanza," an album that NPR credits for blending "her soaring vocals and her deep bass lines."

Her most recent release is "Chamber Music Society," an album the Washington Post describes as being "as lively as it is original."

Of her sound, Spalding recently told Billboard, "I don't want to be pigeonholed...My job is to do justice to the music that's speaking through me."

Take a listen with the clip below:

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  4. Gerico

    Esperanza, is she missing a tooth?

    February 18, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mukazzi

    Just because "YOU" haven't heard of someone doesn't make that person any less real -that line of thinking is just too pompous. Now...blame the Grammys for NOT allowing Esperanza to perform as the others had done so. All anyone could hear were low-toned snippets of her songs from "Esperanza" -this album is just amazing -so cool, so hot. Your CD player will ask you why you took so long to play something so original and refreshing!

    February 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. penny elaine

    Finally a reason to believe in the Grammy Awards again 😀 Absolutely delighted about this one.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dreday

      I was super happy that Esperanza won the grammy last year. Definitely deserving of it, a true artist. Her album is good. Check her latest single 'Black GOld'. Long live true music and musicianship!

      February 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keeneyes

    Okay, when did little teenyboppers acquire the skill set to determine talent? As far as I'm concerned, the award is only legitimate when it awards talent and not because of a frenzied group of adolescents.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. die die

    i've been a huge esperanza fan for a couple of years and i'm so happy for her!! 🙂

    February 16, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. BD

    A true artist – talented, deserving of the Best New Artist award. Her Apple Blossoms composition is so beautiful. May God bless her.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Leafer

    Great name.... Esperanza. She brings hope and she is hope for the music industry. It was gasping for air and a true fresh talent has emerged. A real musician too. AAHHH!

    February 16, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. ken

    ...she's phenomenal! She's an actual musician, sorry beibs...you don't match up in ANY way.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john

    13,000 Recording Academy Members vote for the Grammy winners. These are recording artists, engineers and basically the nominees peers. They know more about the art form of music then most posting here. Yes, these members are made up of musicians who record hip-hop, rap, country, rock, r&b, jazz, classical you name it. This is a group of 13,000 peers. If the majority of these people voted for Esperanza then you'd have to think that maybe some of these people know what they are talking about, not just what is being brainwashed into them from pop radio or their friends. She was the winner because she was the Best New Artist. Not best in sales, best in looks, best in anything other than in music. So suck it up, listen carefully and don't be so narrow minded. You may learn something and maybe, just maybe become a little more educated along the way.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joyous1

    I am so happy Esperanza won this award!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started screaming when they announced her name. I have loved her music since I first heard "Precious" last year and I've loved her even more since seeing her in concert last October. She is a true artist, musician, singer, and composer. I truly love her music and albums. And I fit in the Bieber demographic: a 16 year old female. He is a great artist, but out of that category Esperanza is the BEST artist and it was an award well-deserved. I LOVE YOU ESPERANZA!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. One2wonder

    I too wondered who she was, but after reading about her, she appears to be a class act, a true artist. It was correct to nominate such an inspiriing person. Congratulations! Going to buy her CD this weekend.

    February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    How did Bieber not win the award? You may recall Justin Bieber was a bonefide musician from childhood, talented in several instruments. He was not "manufactured"; he was plucked out of obscurity from Youtube, essentially the people's choice. No disrespect to Esperanza, but she if she had been releasing albums since 2008, how does that make her best NEW Artist? Best Breakthrough artist, maybe, if they had such a category.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |

    dating a star would be fun...i think!?!



    February 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. peace

    I am not a fan of her songs or jazz in general, but I do kinda feel sorry for her. You look her up at Youtube and you'll see all these horrifying comments about her that have nothing to do with her music. There are so many hateful, racist people out there. It's bloody mortifying, especailly in 2011. I thought that after America elected Obama, then things had changed. Guess not.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Marco555

    what a cool name.

    February 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jack Cornhole

    I hear bieber likes to be bent over the sawhorse for a good ole fashiond cornholing...

    February 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Joey Salad

    this stupid beiber fever junk is silly...the kid dances good (so what) and he has an average voice...whats the big deal? to put SO much hype on "average" is laughable. He's a gimmick (white kid that can dance and sorta sing). Im so glad all the beiber fans are scorned by his loss...stupid little girls that have NO musical taste = justin beiber popularity.
    Pray to your god that maybe one day you'll grow up and appreciate good music

    February 15, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  21. the_dude

    She is like biber except more manly and tougher

    February 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  22. SpermBank

    Esperanza looks like a spooge girl. She probably loves to be spooged all over her face.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  23. Karen

    ES won the grammy, end of story. There were 5 nominees in this category. JB did not win. He was not robbed he simply did not win. He congratulated the winner. He moved on. His fan should move on as well.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. MaryAnn in VA

    I brought her CD a yr ago and have played it to death. She is awesome in person too. saw her at the Capital Jazzfest too in June and she was fantastic. Get to know her and her music , you won't be sorry!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. mztmarie

    While I do think Esperanza Spaulding is a great find and will have a fabulous career for decades to come, I don't think she deserved "Best New Artist'. OK- Drake (my personal favorite) has been around for a while, true. But, last year was his first album release, not as a guest star or underground mix tape creator. He also really has helped evolve rap past the traditional gangsta wannabe thug stuff. That aside, though I thought Justin Bieber should have won. He does have the total package, voice, can play instruments and even if he doesn't write his own songs- neither does Beyonce nor Britney Spears. Even that red-haired chick or Bruno Mars would have been more representative of the public. Yes- I know we're tired of pop artists. Lord knows I am too. But, to have someone win that 90% of the public doesn't have a clue about is just as silly as having the oscar winning movie only released in Manhattan and Sundance.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mark

    I will admit that I had not heard of Esperanza Spalding until last night. But now everyone will know who this extremely talented artist is. Sorry Bieber fans, but Esperanza has real talent. Congratulations to her!

    Mumford and Sons hopefully were a close second with Florance + The Machine third in voting. Drake and Bieber are no talent hacks.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jp

    I'll take talent over marketing any day. Sorry Beiber fans – he's no Michael Jackson who somehow combined them both. This time they got it right.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. fred gibb

    Sang at White House and Nobel ?? Sounds like some non-music-realted agenda.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  29. meagain

    Spaulding's been around a while, but is NOT famous for a reason – most people don't like her kind of music. Face it, jazz is just not that popular, and we've had lots of opportunity to 'like' it.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. IC

    She beat Bieber; And you guys are happy about it! Well may I quote Cee Lo Green "Forget you, and forget her [Spalding] too!" (You know what Cee Lo & I mean when we say "FORGET YOU") My JB is way better than dis Spalding girl, I never even heard of her or her music until the Grammy's night!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  31. trixen

    After listening to her explain her views on music, I understand why she won. The part of this video that reaches out to me the most were her comments comparing her bass to a suitcase. Unlike a suitcase, a good musician's instrument is never seen as a burden, but rather as a family member. As a guitarist, I know that my guitar is my best friend. When I'm feeling low, I pick her up and a few chords later I'm feeling alright. My guitar is a part of me, so I can relate to what she said completely. I'm not about to start winning Grammys myself, but I do think it takes that mentality to be a truly great musician. She's going places!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. 305

    It's awesome that Esperanza won, and I applaud her for that. very deserving. That being said- i don't think enough credit was given to Florence + The Machine. She has been a revelation in the music world. If you want proof, well, that's what youtube is for.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  33. David L

    Happy to see it went to someone besides Justine Bieber. He has zero talent...She seems to have a quite a bit...Though I would have liked to see Mumford & Sons win the award, I'm fine with Bieber not getting it

    February 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  34. piika

    I was hoping that mumford and sons might win, but she is just as good! I'm soo glad that a true musician has won the award this year. And to all those saying that justin bieber should've won 'best new artist' he shouldn't have because he is not an artist. He does not write his own songs and he does not come up with his own melodies... he has songwriters for that. At most he co-writes his songs. Based on that, sure he could win something like 'best new pop star' but never ever 'best new artist' . Go Esperanza!

    February 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Frank Eee

    I'm very glad this woman won. She seems to be extremely talented, down-to-earth, has a good head on her shoulders, and is VERY cute, too! I'm going to buy her CD.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jason

    The average Bieber fan is what...10 years old? Who gives a crap what 11 year old thinks? How often do you care what your elementary school kid has an opinion on? There's a reason why they are children...their opinions are uneducated and yet all of the major news networks entertain the voice of children. That is why this country is getting dumber by the year, no one is saying anything with a shred of intelligence but instead taking up space that a legit story could have occupied with the blogs and message boards occupied by people who aren't old enough to rent a car, drink, vote, fight in a war, stay out after curfew, or get into a PG-13 movie let alone an R rated movie.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • IC

      I'm a lot older than 10 and I love Justin Bieber, He's the best singer out right now! HE's AWESOME!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  37. A statement momment for the Grammy Awards

    This is one unique album and I love it! To be honest, I was shocked to here she beat out Beiber and Drake for best new artist. I thought the Grammy only award billboard chart toppers instead of true artist. Wow!

    February 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Roddmann

    How did this happen? A music award to an actual musician instead of a hairball?

    February 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Dan Jones

    A real musician/ artist won the award!

    Listen to her music, Esperanza is amazing.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Todd E.

    The category is "Best New Artist", not "Most Popular New Artist," not "Most Album Sales New Artist," not "Got the Most Annoying Tween Girl Fans New Artist." It is the collective opinion of the Grammy voters, get over it.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. toya

    I guess I live under a rock.. Who is Justin Bieber??? .. no really

    February 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Consider yourself lucky, not knowing who this wannabe "musician" is.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ihateesperanza

    I wish her nothing but ill will, justin beber can play the drums better than she can, and the guitar. He proved it last night. I didnt even see her play an instrument, you know why? becuase she cant!

    February 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      I'm a professional musician and what any "skill" Justin Bieber has wouldn't really qualify as much of anything amongst people who actually can play. He is a manufactured pop star at best, I wouldn't even contract him to play backup at a gig where there was real talent in the room.

      Esperanza on the other hand is an actual musical prodigy who is leading the way of new musical art forms. Justin Bieber isn't fit to server her lunch or hold her luggage.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. boinkboink

    this is a whole lotta bullshytt!

    February 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ms. H

    congrats to her, but since when does 'best' NOT mean most popular, most bought, most played, most heard (even if you don't want to)? the fact is, bieber took over the world this year. i can't find one video of this girl who reached more than a million people. when you compare that to the 470 million the sixteen year old has, some flags are definitely raised.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • crapartiste

      show me some dumbazz nigras that can answer some basic science questions instead of this silly shytt dubbed as what it takes to be a hot nigra in America and I just might be excited!

      February 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Reall

      I guess that means that McDonalds has the best hamburgers in the world, right? Best means she is more talented than he is, and after viewing both of them today that is very clear to anyone who knows anything about music.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. portalpunk

    Her music suxz, I would rather have a rhino stick his horn in my ear. Justin Beiber rules, everyone else iz a zit on that same rhinos azz

    February 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • IC

      Right on, U know good music... The music now days is always words like "...F*** this, F*** that, K*lling people, Using drugs..." JB knows good, clean, honest music, he deserves all our honour and respect. Love him!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jakarta

    She is a great musician. I was surprised that she won. I have always thought of the Grammy as a who is cute, best ho, and popularity contest. Very happy for Esperanza. Nice to see a female artist with real talent win.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  47. AlbieVO5

    The lady is gifted. I'm so glad she won.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  48. rob

    congrats 2 the winners and loosers of an industry that makes them wealthy. real art isnt always a commodity, only when a gravy train for corporations are involved.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |

    I am just curious about how she wins for NEW ARTIST when her first album came out in May 2008 ?

    February 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  50. rick

    After watching JB perform last night i guessed its but fair to say that he should dig in more of whatever he got i mean true talent or you`ll be out of the limelight in no time

    February 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Matt

    Jazz is accessible by Youngins, they just choose to listen to other things. Mainly rap and pop because It's all over the T.V. But either way Bieber should grow up, I don't feel sorry for him.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  52. James

    Berkeley Uni has a pile of hacks...lets not get to caught up on the if she went there she must be good.. how do I know? i have many friends who went there and they are mediocre at best..
    I'm glad she won but she didn't deserve to win. To say Justin Beiber at his age has no talent is ridiculous.. Give me a break..I work in this industry and I am accomplished musician myself and sometimes we are too full of self importance like the folks at the Grammy's who voted for her over the other acts.. She should have been last or better yet not even in the list of nominees.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      Are you sure you're a musician? You do realize how much more talent it takes to compose and play Jazz than play a diddy pop song someone else wrote, right?

      February 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Tommy A

    It's really simple. Bieber and Drake are darlings of the industry which isn't built on actual music anymore. Its all production and dancing and style. Music is the last thing its about. It sells because the radio program directors shove it down our throats and could care less about real music. You can't even go out to a music store and buy sheet music for 90% of what's on the radio anymore, cuz no one could play it on the piano or guitar. If the power went out at a concert, Esperanza Spalding could still entertain – the others would go running off the stage. Congrats ES!! Wake up – its about music.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • IC

      THANK YOU!!! Absolutely, Justin and Drake are HOT darlings. The both of them should have won! I'm very disappointed w/ the winners!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. dvn4f

    Mumford should have taken it.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  55. clyde

    that statement shows who is a dump pumk. you need to come out that box you living in and expand yourself.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Music Lover

    I was intrigued and so decided to just listen to her music for the first time (neva hoid o'ver). I can't comment on JB but this woman is absolutely amazing. I am an amateur musician that started violin at age 6, I am so inspired by her wonderful talent, delivery and performances. More power to her, I say. This is where we should be going... Having said that, being jazz and all that means that it's probably not as accessible to the yung'ins, I can also understand why they're all freaked out. It doesn't matter, though, because she is just so great and none of this silliness arguing about who's best can take that down. Congrats, Esperanza! Look forward to more music!

    From a new fan...

    February 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Happy

    I am so happy a nice person won! So much better than that jerk Bieber!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  58. keith

    It is always to see high level musicianship win the day.

    And if you never head of her before last night, it speaks more to one's lack of searching for good new music, than to her lack of talent.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  59. clyde

    she is right there with noal pointer. and if you don't know who he is that is shallow. the award is base on talent. and it does not stop at pop.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Carroll E. Gant, JR.

    I'm offended at the outrage at the headlines of "WHO" is the Best New Artist. People who know real music know who Esperanza Spalding is! People who play instraments know who she is and Jazz lovers like her sound and the way she works that BASS. It just that Hollywood is no part of the OSCAR. Hollywood is blind and white.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  61. NM

    Everytime I see this woman, she looks like a young Michael Jackson, at first glance.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Matt

    Basically what I'm saying is, is that Esperanza has bigger balls that Bieber!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  63. M.P. 1SG

    While I'm no JB fan, Ms. Spalding has been making CDs since 2006. How is this a new artist? Personally, I think Mumford & Sons are very good.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Matt

    Eminem isn't a upcomming artist. He's been around a while. But all this poor bieber stuff makes me sick. It's a tough world out there, grow some balls or stop trying to sing. But I bet bieber is crying more than Esperanza would if she would have lost. Just saying...

    February 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  65. CES

    I am also so glad and proud of her Gramm win. Finally, someone with true talent, not conTEMPORARY, but a true artist that will be around a long time!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Sista

    You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She reminds me of eryka badu.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Ladydee

    Part of the problem is that many don't understand the Grammy's are not voted by the public. If it was People's Choice awards I'm sure Beiber would have won hands down. I didn't know who she was either and I'm not a Jazz expert, however, I can appreciate that those who are in the know got it right. I don't see Justin being around in 5 to 7 years. He's going to be replaced by the next up and coming thing unless he can appeal to more then the tween and teen crowd. A jazz artist that has the jazz world talking will be around a for years to come.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Matt

    Awwhh poor wittle Bieber... I'm sure his mommy is wiping his wittle tears right now.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • IC

      JB is a lot stronger than U think! The kid's been through a lot, and I stand by him!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  69. matt

    M&M would have done better; however, he stood up for Detroit and that does not bode well with most people.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  70. sugarymama

    I've been listening to Esperanza for a couple of years now. She is a very talented singer and musician. I love her music. Not to take anything away from the other artists up for the "best" award, it's about time that someone who isn't a mainstream, pop artist wins this award. Just because an artist or song is played constantly over and over on the radio until your head is about explode, doesn't make that person great. Perhaps people will take time to seek out those artists who aren't given as much press, and learn that talent exists other than in mainstream media.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  71. julie

    If you watch the movie Justin worked hard to get discovered and make the right connections it didnt just happen over night

    February 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Joe

    As some have said, the New Artist award is mostly the Kiss of Death to a performer.
    Look at the history of the award over the last forty years. Some have had good careers but most have faded into obscurity.
    SO this is actually good for Bieber, and his millions of teens and tweens.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davonroe

      "Best New Artist" has been the kiss of death to rock and pop performers. NO jazz musician ever won the award until this year. I'm not expecting this win to lead to jazz artists hitting the top of the pop charts, and I don't think Esperanza is looking for that either. As for Beiber, I don't think he'll disappear entirely when his voice changes. Perhaps then, we'll see more of his musicianship. The tweens that adore him him now will grow up and move beyond that music. The question is, will they follow Beiber in whatever direction he takes?

      February 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Bealzebob

    Perhaps a Grammy category like "Best Product Marketing to Children" would be more suited for performers like Bieber. He is the product of a corporation using an old formula to exploit a certain demographic. Such is talent.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  74. candy myers

    I dont what to hear that shes so so talented becase Justin talent is way higher then her

    February 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jena

    CNN asks "Who is she?". She's someone with talent, whose voice doesn't have to be run through a freaking computer to make it palatable. It's about time the Grammys acknowledged MUSICAL talent as opposed to marketing talent. Bieber and Drake have great PR folks, that's it.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Tim mutombo

    yea usher who is she !!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Good for her

    Beiber has nothing on Esperanza, she is a true Artist. Go girl.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  78. wayne michaels

    Justin Bieber rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Usher

    who is this biaatchh?

    February 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ure comment is hatefull

      If you have nothing worth saying then maybe you shouldn't be commenting. She is an extremely talented young lady.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  80. heman

    He will be back because he now rules the music industry he a better seat then p diddy

    February 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Chris B

    While I have not heard of esperanza previously, I think she is extremely talented and deserves the Grammy. I will definuetly buy her album and look forward to hearing of her future success. I always wondered why people raved about Justin Bieber. I do not believe he has talent. Lost of hype and marketing. Go Esperanza!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Vaffanculo

    Nice hairstyle

    February 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Ken

    She is a great singer

    February 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  84. dre manny

    HE got robbed my little man got robbed

    February 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Rock God

    The Grammys are not the Teen Choice Awards. Music matters.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  86. glen davis

    Never say Never he lost on purpose its a marketing scheme. We are all puppets and spalding is the patsy

    February 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Name*drea

    hateeee herrr justin bieber got robbed by a nobody. someone needs to protest against this......

    February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Musicantoo

    Jeeez, she sucks. The snobs just did it to snub commercialism, but they also snubbed the talent. If they are so "hip" to musicianship then why was someone like Frank Zappa not ever nominated?

    February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Baglakrati

    Finally, a REAL MUSICIAN wins the award ... well deserved recognition!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  90. guy monseen

    agreed stop looking up this girl on wikipedia you losers. Justin is way better

    February 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Sista

    Miss spalding deserves the award, she is so great at waht she does. her voice sounds good and she has what it takes to make it to the to top. Not because she's not singing songs like beyonce,rhianna and gaga that doesn't mean she's not adequate.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  92. jerry fiscaro

    Stop looking up this girl on google like everyone knows so much about her.. dang you people are fake. JB!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  93. mikey morris

    Even when he is 18 19 20 25 everyone will still love justin

    February 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lobbyistgrl

      Check yourself. Not everyone loves him...most actually DESPISE him.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I suppose anyone who has the first clue what actual MUSIC is is a nobody, then.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Corvus1

    Quality should always beat out popularity. Too bad it doesn't always work out that way, but I'm thrilled it did this time. Congrats to Ms. Spalding, and kudos to Bieber for being a good sport.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  95. kmmgm

    Most diserving, a well rounded muscian, not a pop fabrication of limited talent, but an artist, multi talented, well studied and a Master of her craft. Literally, a concert Master at age 15. This is the real deal. Congrats to Esperanza.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Julie Numare

    Yea well hes only 16 how the heck could he go to that stupid music school 16!!!!! oh when she was 20 she did this and that who cares!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • kmmgm

      "10 years with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon, becoming concertmaster at 15"
      it pays to read the complete article before commenting

      February 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Robert W

    She is fantastic. I like her. That being said ; I'm sure the fact that the president likes her had no infulence at all on her getting this award. hummm.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Ben Ben

    Beiber and all his Beibettes are whiny losers. He is a nobody and once he turns 18 and all the little teeny boppers move on to the next loser he will end up hooked on drugs and booze trying to reclaim his past fame.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Patti

    Get over it. It isn't a popularity contest, it's about who the best new artist is. She has a beautiful soulful voice and deserves the award.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Julie Numare

    Yea well hes only 16 how the heck could he go to that stupid music school 16!!!!!
    oh when she was 20 she did this and that who cares!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  101. DrMabuse

    I just listened to 2010 album that got Spalding noticed. She's talented, but the CD is pretentious and unlistenable (much like Bieber's).

    February 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  102. mike baxter

    She doesnt have talent if thats what you call talent im going to hang myself right now. Bieber runs motown

    February 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. strumnfish

    Ladies and Gentlemen–

    This lady is a REAL musician, unlite Justin Beiber.

    She is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and did so well that the school made her part of the faculty at only age 20!!! THAT is impressive.

    You will be hearing alot about this artist in the future....

    February 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ismael

      Unlite? Learn how to write. Yeah, we'll be hearing a lot about her when her hair catches on fire while smoking crack.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Bieber

      Ismael is my lover.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Amanda K

    Im crying justin is fav booooooo

    February 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  105. iShane

    it would be great if we could take this as a sign, the moving forward we will recognize MUSICAL talent on a show for MUSIC as opposed to performance art. Music runs deep, and we have a rich cultural history to pull from, yet we've let it become deluded by the pressure for quick sales and sonically one dimensional to reach the widest swath of mediocrity and the lowest common denominator....where they all meet....some corporate bottom line.

    Thank god this find talent is being praised, maybe the flood gates will open....there is more just like her, from all walks of life, we're just never given a chance, thru mainstream exposure to champion them.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancon454

      This is so true! I have friends that have been in the music industry for years and they will never be a big name, because they are not little boys with good hair and they can't dance. I think that there is a place for all of them, but I am tired of kids like Justin being pushed in my face. They are not music artist, you are correct with the preforming arts thing. Sure you can go see him for a good floor show, but I want real music substance in my music.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Lobbyistgrl

    Sorry Beibs, but it's time for you to return to your home planet...you no talent @$$ clown! Kudos to Esperanza!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Jeff Webb

    Bieber is the man his voice is like a male angel, and this girl is like a computer voice replicating jazz we have all heard a million times for years

    February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lobbyistgrl

      "His voice is like a male angel...." Bahahaha...if that is what an angel sounds like, I will be glad to take a trip down under...

      February 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      If this is the voice of an angel, I think I'll take an eternity in Hell...

      February 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  108. 2FLI

    Bieber fans = what happens when you take music education out of schools.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Randy Orton

    Even WWE super stars like me were rooting for Justin

    February 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Jose

    The Grammys > The AMAs and VMAs combined

    February 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Brian

    This is what is considered front page news? We have protests all over, budget problems, and a recession and this is what CNN chooses as front page material all day. Shame on you CNN!

    February 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Jim Spear

    I don't care for Justin Bieber...I prefer it Just In Beaver 🙂

    February 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  113. kim quinn

    Justin = Musical GOD spalding = musical dog

    February 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancon454

      Kim, I know that you like Justin and you are a fan, but he is not a music GOD. I am not saying that he is not good, but come on, there are real artist out there that blow the door off of Justin, but they are never heard from, because they are not a teenage boy with shaggy hair, and can dance. Now I will say that his mentor is a great artist a.k.a Usher. Now if he keeps it up and gets a little time under his belt he may be the next Usher. I hope he does!

      February 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  114. D.S. Poorman

    She won and yet whose name is in the headline? Pitiful. The media = echo chamber and nothing more.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  115. hadjii

    While I'm far from a Beiber fan, I find it difficult to knock on the kid as so many in this comments section have done. He's not "talentless" as many claim. The kid can play guitar and is a pretty damn good dancer too (I don't care for his vocals, but my ears weren't bleeding afterward like when Jessica SImpson "sings.") I'm definitely not in the demographic that his music is designed to appeal to, but to dismiss him as many do is just plain wrong. I'm glad that someone like Esperanza is getting this well deserved recognition, but I understand where Beiber fans are coming from.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Russell

    She is a valid artist who will be around for years to come. Something that Beiber does not have. I don't know her but she is my hero!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  117. kminkeller

    Thank god he didn't get that award. Spalding is one of my favorite bass players and I was praying for her to win that Grammy. Personally I do not like Beeber boy and the chick songs at all.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  118. mary singer

    JUSTIN why did you let us down who is this fro monster freakish modo voodoo woman her video scared the mess out of me she is the weirdest person in the music industry aside of michael jacksons dead body

    February 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Martin

    Awww, what a shame...the serious musician won instead of the Bubble Gum Boy....

    February 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Jim Spear

    It's pronounced beaver...not beeber.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  121. jarome clinton

    Even black men can represent for justin b, he is great and it doesnt matter what race you are he should win

    February 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  122. BostonBill

    I'm so impressed. I really thought The Grammy was just a popularity contest. I've been a professional musician for many years. I've seen this young woman preform. She deserves yet more recognition . She is a very well trained and well practiced musician and she certainly demonstrates more musical substance than little Justin. I would guess she'll be around much longer because she a more versatile performer.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  123. barru2tify

    Glad to see someone with actual talent and not just a great PR person won. If that's the way Bieber sounds live–yikes!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  124. E. W. Parks

    Cleareye—hope that wasn't meant for me but for the all-caps nonsense just above my comment.

    Best. EWP

    February 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  125. lancon454

    Good for her! I am not saying anything against the Beeber, but is that really music that needs an award? Sure girls think he is cute and all, but award winning music this does not make. If I was to take any good looking kind off the street that could get in a studio and edit the hell out of him, and have him dance and put his face on a lunch box to make money I would, but this does not make him that great of an artist. Like Ozzy said on the Best Buy add on TV (Whats a Beeber?) Love me some Ozzy!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  126. joe sinese

    White men should honor Justin Bieber because he is representing the entire white race as a whole so any white man who comments negatively against him is a disgrace to the all white brother hood.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BostonBill

      Joe Sinese i'm a white man. Please don't call me your brother. I just hate Biogots.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam S.

      Wow, is that stupid. I'm white, but I can absolutely say that being "represented" by a talentless studio creation isn't my idea of pride. Get a grip, the best Artist should win. Who cares what their skin color is? I love all sorts of music, some of it created–yes–by white people. But if you can't play an instrument, write your own songs, or carry a tune without the help of supercomputer, you shouldn't win any awards.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Shem

    Don't hate on the Beiber. He is more talented than that goofball Eminem. How is that mess coming out of his mouth even considered music?

    February 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lobbyistgrl

      You should be shunned by all human beings for saying such a thing.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Eminem may not exactly be my cup of tea, but at least he has actual musical ability. Bieber is like a bad dream that will end the moment that boy hits puberty.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  128. keylargo

    I know Esperanza Spalding well, but Bieber???? never heard of her!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jason Viper


    Ok, not really. But if you think that sounds absolutely ridiculous, you know how I felt a few years ago when everyone was screaming racism that India Arie didn't win the Grammy, and listening to the vile hatred of minority radio callers accusing everyone in the music industry of racism. So I guess that group of "old racist white men who pick the winners" picked a minority over your stereotypical white sensation (Bieber). Interesting.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  130. E. W. Parks

    For all you people whinging that an "established artist" should have won—this is an award for the best NEW performer. And she richly deserved it. Love her voice, her musical knowledge, her light-fingered bass. She knows her stuff.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  131. REV.Teresa Maria Midyette


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  132. Millie Bea

    Sorry- but I think the Best New Artist Award is the kiss of death-like the Sports Illustrated cover curse. OK, a few have done alright- like John Legend...but how many of them have become superastars- and how many of them are nowhere... Bieber fans relax....

    February 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Chris

    I may not of heard of her before, but I also wish I had never heard of Bieber. Actually, I don't think I have heard any of his mass produced songs. I only seem to wonder who that little girl is when she pops up. However, Esperanza clearly has talent that won't go away once she hits puberty. Justine can be honored at the Teen Choice Awards, that is his audience. The Grammy Awards are for artists.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  134. moosh

    i have never heard of her or her music before, but the clip at the white house dinner is amazing. i was able to listen for a good 20 seconds before i fell sleep. pure inspiration. she gives hope to all those struggling lounge musicians in 1970"s las vegas. maybe one day their background music can win an grammy too.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  135. T Kolber

    The academy got it right. Esperanza Spalding is a great musician, writer, etc. Yes, she's Jazz oriented, but she' has paid her dues more so thank the some of the cookie cutter artist who were nominated. They got it right. There is a GOD!! Look her up on youtube and you'll see some wonderful music. Her singing and upright bass playing is exceptional. If anything, I hope this brings Jazz back to where it should be at the Grammy's. I remember as a kid seeing tremendous jazz and contemporary music of the time. I tip my hat to the Gramy's for making the right pick. Let the American Music award, People choice awards give out there wards to the "popular" bubble gum artist. Kudo's Grammy Committee. You did the right thing this year!!!! Oh, Gaga rules too!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Ubershaman

    If this the front page news, I guess that's great. Global warming, the economic crisis, multiple wars, revolutions, global food insecurity, drug trafficking, corruption, threats of nuclear and biological destruction have all diminished to be of less importance than who won a music award.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  137. steve

    No one will ever hear from here again but Justin will live on for a while, its sad to see someone who really doesn't deserve to win get an award like this. THe judges are crazy.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancon454

      Steve, if that is your real name, I bet your a teenage girl. You would have to be. No one that knows music would ever pick Justin over a real artist. Hey I am not saying anything bad about the kid, and he should get the most out of it as he can, but for people to get mad because he did not win best new artist is crazy. Sure if you are at the Kids Teen Choice awards he is a big deal and a money making machine, but we are talking about real music, like Glen Beck and even Eminem is a great artist in rap, but Justin is not a real artist yet. Maybe when he gets older he will come out with something that could win him a Grammy, but the way teen music goes, he will fade away like so many do, or maybe he will be another Justin Timberlake which is a real artist.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  138. JD

    Great! She is wonderful!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  139. MIke

    Who cares who she is at least we don't have to hear about Justin Beiber anymore.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Jinsin

    There should be two music awards, one for Justin fans and one for Esperanza kinds, its not your fault, its Grammys fault, I feel bad for Justin and his fans even though I like Esperanza better.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Flora

    The only other people on that list I would have preferred to see win the Grammy would be Mumford & Sons or Florence + The Machine. They're fantasitc musicians, I love their work, and I respect them greatly. Beiber and Drake deserved to lose – nothing but commercialism at it's best, there. While I don't know who this Esperanza lady is (yet), I'm just glad to see jazz still getting props it deserves. (Now, if only someone would crush Lady Antebellum...)

    February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Stephen R.

    The Flaming Lips should have won, on the ballot or not.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  143. thomas

    she needs to cut that Velcro off

    February 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Maggie

    I agree that Drake or Justin Bieber would've been the wrong choice, but Mumford and Sons and Florence + The Machine are both very talented groups that deserved that award just as much as, if not more than, Esperanza Spalding. You don't have to go way out past the left field into the grandstand to find a breath of fresh air.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  145. steve shurley

    All of you idiots that are commenting obviously didn't see the Bieber movie because if you did you would realize how much incredible talent he has and how much better his voice is then her. Plus he plays guitar and drums like a pro. He got robbed...

    February 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  146. phoenix

    hope she ain t no illegal mahn like a abba da swedes were

    February 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Ian

    They always do stuff like this just get shock value and people talking about the show.



    February 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Christian

    Mumford & Sons Should of Won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I am sooooo glad the award actually went to a deserving musician who is actually talented, unlike Bieber and Drake who have voices that sound decent after a producer works on it for weeks to make it sound alright, unlike the other deserving nominees that sound just as good if not better then they do on their cds.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  149. cj

    I love Justin Bieber and Drake and Justin Bieber and Drake should have won.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Paul

    Oh, they decided to to give the award to an actual MUSICIAN this year?

    February 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Imbecile

    I think the bigger story is how Justin Bieber got nominated for a Grammy. Have we finally reached a point where if you release an album, you're automatically nominated?

    February 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Education Time

    Grammy New Artist – The artist must have released, as a featured preforming artist, at least one ablum but no more than three; and the artist must not have been entered for Best New Artist more than three times, including as a preformimg member of an established group. That's the New Artist Category in a nutshell – perhaps next year bieber

    February 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Jill

    These awards are supposed to be about talent not popularity. Good for her!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Daylights


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  155. NickB5

    Good for her!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  156. ThemBones

    Still not as bad as Jethro Tull beating Metallica for "Best Heavy Metal Album" years ago. Jethro Tull's not even close to Heavy Metal.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  157. RJ Hopkins

    Like Nelson says in The Simpsons, "Ha-ha!"

    February 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Bill

    Anyone who is upset about this nonsense has an easy life. These award ceremonies are all subjective anyway.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  159. ee

    She may be a great artist but, does anyone think she looks like she belongs in a wax museum?

    February 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Crismess

    I think it's a good thing Bieber didn't get the award. As everybody knows, teen idols have a limited shelf life. Once his star fizzles out, it's going to be a very rough road for him. Not having a Grammy will soften the blow, although it would serve as something to pawn off when he faces that drug and alcohol addiction.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Logic

    Judging from the posts on here, I suppose I will see Esperanza Spalding's sales skyrocket in the next few weeks, above Justin Bieber's level of fame and become the new music powerhouse. I mean, you've all purchased her CD or downloaded her album online today, right? Or are you all just spewing crap like fickle hipsters?

    February 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Juan A. Vallejo

    Congratulations to Esperanza Spalding. It's no surprise that the mainstream public does not know who she is. Yet in musician's circles, she has been a prominent up and comer for the past three years. To win a Grammy the priority is music. Image,entertainment and money are the icing on the cake. Without the cake, what is left is sweet but tasteless after a while and does'nt last. Unfortunately, this is what is wrong with popular music today and why it has sunk so low, it's about money and entertainment, not music. A sad testament to this is they have to bring in people like Mick Jagger and Barbra Streisand in order to boost ratings and viewership. With all due respect to the rest of the nominees, congratulations again to Esperanza.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  163. John Lubeck

    She sounds actually quite talented – as opposed to Justin Bieber. My 8 year old daughter has enough musical sense to dislike Justin, but we spent 30 seconds to give hm another chance last night – before we changed the channel realizing that – no, he really is that bad.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Bob

    If you review the history of this particular award, it seems the voters throw in a wild card every now and then. After wins by Carly Simon, America, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the Carpenters in the previous years, Marvin Hamlisch beat a group that included Bad Company. Nowhere in that time era were Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, or many other famous names even nominated. Following Marvin's win was Bette Midler. There is no rhyme or reason to who gets this award. Bob Newhart won in 1961.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  165. truthinrock

    It was great to see REAL musicians getting awarded this year!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  166. booboo

    Why is this such a shocker? We all know the Academy has been commercialized, but even they aren't stupid enough to pick Justin Bieber over the other nominees they had for Best New Artist. Speaking critically, JB's album was easily the worst nominee in the category. The threw it in to appease the masses, not because he had a chance to actually win it.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Dez

    I've actually seen her perform live here in NYC about 2 years ago. She was amazing live and this award is well deserved.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Lady Gaga

    Who judges what art is? Are we going to boil this down to a hipster ideology that the least known is unquestionably the best? Should a painter come about that creates magnificant works be thought of as a hack simply because he/she is not Van Gogh? I don't like Bieber or Drake, but I don't like Spalding either. None of those artists speak to me. Should I speak out that they all suck? I think people need to stop trying to act like they know what being an "artist" is unless they are one.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  169. brana

    Beiber is not exactly a new artist either... didn't he release the first part of his 2 part album in 2009?

    February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Dana

    thank goodness! 🙂

    February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Joe L. Fortre

    She's was very gracious in her Victory, He was very gracious in defeat when he went backstage to introduce himself and congratulate her.

    Everyone fully expected him to win (or Drake) including Esperanza. Let's not dog-pile on the kid too much here.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  172. linus

    Esperanza is freakishly gifted. I read somewhere (I think it was in the New Yorker article) that she can write one song while listening to a completely different one. That's NOT FAIR!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Sheila

    I'm glad the award went to somebody that earned it with actual talent and work.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Jenn

    Having had the opportunity to work with Esperanza last year, I can say that she is an astonishingly good musician and quite possibly one of the kindest and most down-to-earth people I've ever met. Her degree of professionalism and and poise is what you might expect to see from someone twice her age. This is an award well-deserved. Brava!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Bob

    Don't worry Justin, Madonna can't sing worth a cr@p either and she's in the R&R HOF. Just keep sounding like a '80s video game, rake in the dough, and get out of that male body that you're trapped in.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  176. jiteye

    Oh my god that sucked

    February 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  177. kazz

    well deserved

    February 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  178. POD

    Well ......one is a talented artist and the other is the latest product of the marketing hype machine.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Joe

    Witnessed her skills at the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival http://atlantafestivals.com/?p=946 . What can I say, "The Girl Got Skills".

    February 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Damien

    This irritates me because I feel like it was used as a way to legitimize the awards ceremony. Esperanza is definitely not the most recognized of the best new artists, but she isn't the most innovative at all. In the end Justin Bieber, whether you like him or not, was in all rights the best new artist of 2010 and if you're going for someone who didn't have the glitz and glammar attached that Bieber has it should have been Mumford and Sons. Sorry if this offends any Esperanza fans, but as someone who does know who she is, I don't think this was the right choice. Although I admire the academy for not going with the popular choice.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike in nyc

      Sorry to rain on your parade but The Bieb was NOT the best new artist. He may have been the most popular but that doesn't make him the best.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Tennisguy

    This was definitely a dumb award, I would say Drake or Florence should win because they were actual new comers to the music industry, Spalding has had music released since 2005, but at least she is a real musician...jump of the biebs bandwagon already!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Mr.Fantastic


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  183. Phillip

    If Justin Beiber had won this award, I would have lost ALL respect for the Grammy Awards.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      As if Milli Vanilli winning didn't destroy any respect for this award?

      February 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |

    I'm a belieber. I just farted. Shooooo : )

    February 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  185. JoshR

    I'm glad this Award revealed this artist to me, she was unknown to me, and at last something I can listen to that doesn't insult my sensiibilities as a functioning adult. Please, go set up the BubbleGummy Awards, a puberty-relevant music award show, and I'd be vote to see Bieber win that.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Mr.Fantastic

    These awards suggest the music I hate.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  187. metal

    i dont know how any of you can listen to any of that music. pop rap or jazz. they all suck and boring as hell.. metal like Within the Ruins beats all of them

    February 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  188. malsings

    I'm just glad Kanye West wasn't there to go and take the mic away from her and say something like "Drake should get this award" Congratualtions Esperanza!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Sam

    hahaha poor Bieber ! At least his movie made $30 million over the weekend and this black woman can go back to oregan to her waitress job

    February 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      you mean back to Massachusetts and go To her Job of teaching other Kids that have Actual talent at Berklee College of Music where she is a Professor probably making more money than you.........YOU should get your facts straight.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  190. p1tey1

    Loved that clip!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Mike in NYC

    Face it ... Best New Artist might as well be the kiss of death award!!! Since like the mid 70's anyone that has won this award (with few exceptions) has drifted into the land of "whatever happened to...." You've got winners like – Starland Vocal Band, Debbie Boone, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton, Marc Cohn, Hootie and the Blowfish, Shelby Lynne, and who could forget Milli Vanilli!!!! As I said – there ARE some exception: Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, and LeAnn Rimes. But by and large - you're better off NOT winning THIS award!!!!! lol

    February 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Delaneydrum

    Esperanza's win came as a pleasant surprise to me. She has shown up on a few PBS shows, but I first was turned on to her when she appeared on David Letterman. Paul Shaffer called her "the coolest person we've ever had on the show" (or something close to that; that's a paraphrase). A well deserved award; for once, popularity was not the determining factor.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Mansir

    Lady Antebellum rocks too!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Karl

    I still think the grammys are stupid.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  195. michaeldee

    Esperanza is an accomplished musician, Berklee professor/music educator. Maybe this is a good point to begin restoring sensibility/credibility to the music industry, giving credit to true bonafide musicians and artists who have sacrificed, studied and not sold their souls and use their skills to for the purpose of building up.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Mansir

    @ Davidk, nicely put. Products of Berklee come out being too advanced for the musical society. Also, i think Mumford and Sons rock!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Jack

    No one cares. One hit wonder that looks like a cross between buckwheat and Lauryn Hill. FAIL.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Craig

    First of all, why are people even shocked he was beaten? I was shocked he was nominated. Just because someone is popular, doesn't make them the best or most talented. I'm sorry. There's a reason we have radio, so all the crappy artist have a forum.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Alina77

    I don't know who is Esperanza Spalding I don't know who is Beiber, but I know who is balloon boy, ha.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Jeff

    I can't believe he was beaten by a drag queen.....

    February 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I think she's way better looking than Justina. In that outfit Bieber looked like the love child of Rob Halford and Tom Brady. Bieber should star in a remake of Pinocchio because someday he wants to be a real boy.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  201. ibivibiv

    I don't even like Beiber and I can tell you he was robbed. Go look at the historical listing of artists that won this award. All were well known well selling artists. Given that directly after the award they promo'd their "Grammy Camp" thing and had Esperanza plastered all over it, I am going to go ahead and say Michael Jackson could have been reborn and made a triple platinum album as his reincarnated zombie self and Espreranza was going to win this year. What a shame. I guess it has been said previously, this is just the Grammy's patting themselves on the back. And for everyone questioning Bieber's musical integrity I will leave you with this nugget:

    Milli Vanilli won this award in 1990.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Canopy

    Justin B. didn't need an award to be a chart topping musical artist but I'm glad the grammys highlighted someone we HADN'T heard of because I love jazz and enjoy the fact thats she's my age. I can see why his fans are angry but any 15-16-yo could perform his songs if they were mentored by an artist already in the field (i.e.-Usher). Biebs is a younger version of Usher. Who is Spaldings equivalent?

    February 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Jeff

    Talent won out over image... A Great Day indeed! Congrats to Esperanza!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  204. BigC

    Seriously does anyone keep up with music or artisit bios if you did you would know that beiber is also a child prodigy as you all call it so I think he deserve to win instead of some unheard of artist

    February 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichC

      Just because you haven't heard of her does not mean she is "unheard of". Mindless pop artists like Bieber need to go away. Just because his fan base is comprised of 10 year old girls doesn't mean he deserves to win or anything at all.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of reason

      thank you! hip hop is great music i like jazz maybe some of you should listen to what is popular! lol get off your oldies channel and give this nice boy some props he def. deserves it look at his sales i see the little green monster here in most of ur comments

      February 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  205. lucien

    I don't know what the uproar is about. Esparanza Spalding is an AMAZING artist. Justin what ever his name is has nothing on Ms. Spaldling. I am glad to see a "new" jazz artist win a grammy. I am tired of crappy music getting recognition they don't deserve. You can't deny true art.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  206. 2011 Model


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  207. TracyH

    If you watched the ending credits the decision is that of 12,000 members out of the US total consumer population in 2010 of 308,745,538. They should catergorize it for jazz, r & b, hip hop, pop, etc..it would have made for less news today and better received by those of us outside of the 12,000 voters. Whether you like him or not, Beiber is a headliner and will be for years to come, much longer than some of the winners last night. Esperanza should have personal achievement if anything that cannot be taken from her and she should treasure this award forever.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  208. honest abe

    That was terrible!!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  209. NoSoulMan

    That was an awful clip. I cant believe that she won. I am glad that the Bieber didnt win. But I can believe they picked her.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Colleen

    Esperanza has recorded some beautiful music. Check out her work with guitarist Mike Stern.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  211. tcp

    I am ALL about her beating Bieber but in all seriousness what is the cutoff for Best "New" Artist? She cut an album in '08...

    February 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  212. A

    The award is called 'Best NEW Artist'. It's not the 'Best WELL-KNOWN AND MORE ESTABLISHED Artist'. If you haven't heard of Esperanza Spalding, all the better. And that's the point.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      And another thing, this isn't terrible. The only people who have said this is terrible music are only accustomed to, and have not yet weaned themselves from, the sounds of Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.

      Esperanza Spalding is helping to bring in a new type of jazz. Deal with it, everyone.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Nellie

    Esperanza who and who in the heck is Arcade Fire????????????

    February 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  214. So what?

    How can everyone immediately ask "Who is she?", and in the same breath comment on her talent and say she didn't deserve an award. If you never heard of her or her music, how can you assess whether she is deserving? Sorry, but the worlds basis of judgement is not leveled on the majorities limited exposure to manufactured artists.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Name*michael b.

    For once..talent beats hype.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voting Member

      I won't say WHO I voted for in this category....but I WILL say that this win is very well deserved.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Guiness

    I lost faith in the Grammy's when they gave it to Michael Bolton, though I must admit, for my money, there's nothing better then when he sings, "When a Man Loves a Woman".

    Hooray for Ms. Spalding!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Actually Guiness, I don't believe Michael Bolton won the Best New Artist .... but I do agree that for my money there's nothing better than when he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman" lol

      February 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  217. matt

    This is not news. This should not be the head story on the front page.

    And thank god a real musician won instead of one of these corporate mainstream sellout "artists".

    Justin Beiber and Drake musicians? Not even close, they have no talent. Let me know when the academy or who ever decides this crap actually gets a ****** clue and they start recognizing real talent and artists who actually have skill.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  218. sam

    where is the name of the person who wrote this article? i'd just like to point out to mr/ms anonymous that i have no idea who drake is. just wanted to correct your point about how it was impossible to never have heard of those particular artists. i have heard of justin bieber, though.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  219. zbyte

    I was kind of bewildered with the "who?" response by the media on Esperanza's nomination and victory as best new recording artist. For those who have not heard her or her music, you are missing out on alot. She is superbly talented and can sing like you would not believe. I saw her first last year in a White House event which was televised by PBS.
    Lady who? If you want a real voice, check out Esperanza. By the way, esperanza is Spanish for hope.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  220. AXEL ROSE

    I never listened to Justin Bieber but I can't avoId tnot to listen to his music because it is played by my friends' daughters all the time. I love heavy metal and Alternative music or ALL music

    I am music lover. If I am Justin Bieber's parent. I will be very proud of him/ better than a kid with pierce tongue or on drugs

    February 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Name*michael b.

    For once, talent beats hype.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Steven Rengigas

    Justin who????

    February 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Bella

    Finally true talent won over popularity. Ms. Spalding is a great musician and she deserved to win case closed.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Red

    Finally!!!..... we see some light in our culture!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  225. GagaIsLameLame

    She is a musician. Bieber is just a media created money machine. There is a difference.
    And by the way, kids – stop calling people who disagree with you a hater. Very juvenile.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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  227. Mr. Reality

    So, someone with actual musical talent won for a change and people are in an uproar?

    Esperanza Spalding's musical abilities were unrivaled in the category and I'm glad she received the award, it was/is very much deserved. The industry marketing machine could convince fans to like just about anyone, so topping charts or massive sales really doesn't mean a whole lot.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Matt

    Drake should have won, but good for her she beat the bieb. Ha the bieb, thats so dumb.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Xman

    I could care less who won, so long as beiber lost. That's what matters. She/He has no talent. Getting a mob of tween girls screaming may generate cash but has little to do with talent.

    Good, I hope he continues to lose.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Let's see now...he's 16; he'll be flipping burgers at Mickie D's in two years anyway. The dude is manufactured crap...

      February 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dontbejealus

      Maybe u wish u had girls screaming and spending money to c u. Jealousy is not a good thing u know...

      February 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Adam

    Wait! Wait! Do you mean to tell me that an actual musician won a Grammy as opposed to some kid that pretends he's MJ? Truly amazing...

    February 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  231. deborah fletemeyer

    I think justin deserved the grammy . Everyone knows him.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Esperanza won because she has actual music ability. Just because you're popular does NOT mean you deserve an award that's supposed to go to a MUSICIAN.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
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  232. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All the world isn't into hiphop music and it's past time that other artist are recognized for their true talents.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  233. AXEL ROSE

    Yes she is a good artist or musician but we are not talking about 7 to 18 years old screaming kids.
    There is nothing wrong with Justin Bieber – His music are CATERED TO Kids especially girls.

    People are so Hyprocrite nowadays. Just like when Menudo, Backstreeet Boys or Justin Timberlake was still a Kid.
    But for sure Justin Bieber will be with us until he's matured enough to sing Music catered to People who doesn't like him.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Arglebargle

    Good for her!!! Glad to see SOMEONE has taste!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Chris

    I'm glad she won. I'm so sick of the Johnny Bravo's (showing age with Brady Bunch reference) that corprate music throws at us. I'm so sick of these cookie cutter teen beat cover boys even being considered for the grammy's. Well what can I say the grammy's use to be about talent, now it is nothing put a popularity contest.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  236. justsd

    I found it funny that those who don't even know her in the maintream then automatically assume that she shouldn't deserve the award. Maybe you should expand your horizon in music like jazz then make your call later. I thought she was very talented.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Tim

    Saw Spaulding at the Chicago Jazz Fest a year or 2 ago – she's a little mainstream for me but glad to see that serious music got some public respect for a change

    February 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Ann

    Esperanza soooo deserved this award. She is an incredible ARTIST (notice the emphasis). So glad the Grammy's finally got this right. I am ecstatic she won over Drake and Beiber. I first saw her perform at the White House and was immediately taken and thought, Wow, what an incredible voice and performer. I had to get her music on my iPod. It is gratifying to see that an artist known primarily in the jazz tradition beats out all the bubble gum pop stuff that passes for music these days. Again, congrats to Esperanza and thank you Grammy's for getting it right. This was by far, the best moment of the Grammys this year!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Realistic

    drake had an excellent year as far as topping the charts and breathing some life back into hip hop. ive only really heard 1 justin bieber song but biebs winning would be like hanson taking the grammy- he never had a chance. it shouldn't come as a surprise as a hip hop/r&b acts are overlooked year after year (no matter how popular they are) as this grammy is handed out to female solo acts more often than not. maroon 5 beat out kanye (ridiculous as much as I dislike kanye as a person), evanescence beat out 50 cent at the height of his popularity... the list goes on. drake topped the charts repeatedly in 2010 and will be in the lime light for years to come as esperanza is all but forgotten.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  240. PJ

    She is much better than the little twink!! He will be history in a few years.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  241. JoAnn

    You go Esperanza! I didn't know you before but I sure know you now! A great talent who obviously deserved the award. I don't think the Bieber will suffer too much, in fact his popularity may even increase if that's possible.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  242. mike jones


    February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dontbejealus

      U may not think has talent, but enough people did for him to be nominated. Do u have any CD's or movies out? No? Well at 17, he has done more than u. I'm sure he has beat u moneywise oh let's say by the time he was 14 or 15. Maybe some of these men are jealous. He has done more in 5 yrs. than most of u do all your lives. JB can be a good role model for our new tweens if he stays grounded. Why is it that adults seem to put down what children believe so much in? STUPID'....Just leave JB alone.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ dontbejealus

      Another typical trash comeback... "oh you're jealous of the money"

      No one cares. As if money meant everything in this world... Sure he's made films and sold albums... has he done anything else worthwhile such as helping communities, saving lives, etc.? A lot of us haven't done those things either, but I'm sure he's not that far ahead in that category... just because someone sells records doesn't mean they're better off than we are...

      ...case in point... Britney Spears... yeah all that money really did her good when she found K-Fed, got knocked up, and then BAM. Her life spiraled. Of course she made a comeback, but yeah... wouldn't say I would want that life, to be honest.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dontbejealus

      Have u done any research to see if he has done anything with his money to make a difference? If so, u must have some interest in him. If he doesn't give his money, maybe just his message on reaching for your goals in life and never give up would be his donations for todays young people. They need some sort of directions and unfortunatly they look up to this type of people. I don't understand either why adults are getting so upset about him. Every generation goes through the "goo-goo" phase and then they grow up and move on. Let kids be kids. What about Elvis? yeah, that's a great one. Drug addicted, can't act worth a crap...but there was a generation who thought he was "king". Whatever!! and by the way you don't need money to give back to society. Just us regular people could if we wanted to...but usually don't. Oh and by the way...I'm not trash. I just don't get why adults slander people that they don't even know (escpecially our young generation) but if it makes you feel better about yourself...you are the one that has the problem.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  243. deborah fletemeyer

    I was like who? Best part of the show was Mick!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  244. James

    Looking at her career and credentials, it's clear to see that she is a "real" artist. Unlike Justin, while talented, had no real "art" inside him.

    Congratulations, Esperanza Spalding!!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  245. JB

    good, don't care who she is. Drake and Justin don't deserve any sort of music award.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  246. renabdst

    Esperanza totally deserved this win and I was screaming last night when they announced it. I was pleasantly shocked – The Grammys got it right finally!!! Talent over marketing! I do not discount all of the nominees talent – but Esperanza is truly gifted. Go to itunes purchase her song precious – and enjoy just a taste of her talent. Congrats to a true musician!!

    February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |



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  247. AKOL

    Good for her.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  248. LP

    I'd like to thank the Academy for getting this one right! Musicians are not divas of just the studio, or popular favorites, they are people who put years of hard work and dedication to their craft. Yessss! This is a step in the right direction after giving the award to Alicia Keys when India.Arie had a more proven talent. If Justin Bieber and Drake continue in the business they will have more chances to win Grammys going forward.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Cleareye

    Her publicity people beat his publicity people! You'll find more talent at your local karaoke bar.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  250. PhotoMom

    Finally some one with real talent won, and not just a pr machine's fantasy!

    February 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Bill

    The award is based on the quality of music not the recognition by a group of brain dead tweens!

    February 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      A group of which you were once a member...

      ...Kids like what kids like. Why must you (an adult I assume) be so vitriolic about it...

      February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of reason

      brain dead tweens! please you are very old and cluesless, reminds me of when the younger crowd liked elvis, i am guessing you probably remmember this. the old folks hated on him too. please jb isn't going away

      February 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Apelwood

    II'm thrilled to pieces a musician won! I wouldn't have minded Florence + The Machine winning, though – Florence Welch is quite a singer, which is why she was selected to participate in the tribute to Aretha Franklin. If you don't know Florence, you've probably heard "The Dog Days Are Over" a million times in that commercial for "Eat Pray Love", and those crazy kids on "Glee" covered it.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  253. MW

    It's time for the beiber to pull up his pants. Nothing looks more stupid than baggy pants on all the rapper types. Enough already. They are all going to be permanently deformed with their weird walks in order to keep their pants up. Dress with respect for the public who is making you rich listening to your "sound".

    February 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  254. AtIslander

    Thank you Grammy for getting this so right!!!I had heard her name before, but did not take notice until I saw her perform at the BET Awards in the tribute to Prince, she blew me away and hers (along with DeBarge) was the performance that I remembered, even though Patti La Belle, Alecia Keys, etc were all there, so while looking at the Grammys, i said to my family, she should win this award but I figured either Drake or Bieber would, so my brain exploded when i heard her name! She is RICHLY deserving of this award, a TRUE artist and a fantastic musician. While Bieber and Drake are popular, they are not unique IMHO. Spalding is!

    February 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      I was thinking the same thing while watching. Having 'discovered' her last year after BET, I said 'would be cool if she won' I didn't expect it, but think it was the right choice. Her music is mesmerizing...

      February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  255. NiceHair

    Nice Hair!

    February 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  256. jay

    This was rig.There is no way a unknown person won over drake and bieber.If people had to google her that's the biggest problem.When she comes out with a album that is as big as Drakes or as famas as biebers hair than you can talk. in the mean time I can sleep forever because that will never happen!!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafalweb

      "Famas"? What's "famas"? Is that a new word you made up? Is Beib's hair "famas"? You need to learn how to write, man.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      She was b/c she's talented, not b/c she's popular. If the award went to the most popular, then the kid would've won.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryanalec

      Just because you are musically ignorant, doesn't mean that Esperanza Spalding is not a well known artist in her own right. This came as no surprise to me, as she is an overwhelming talent. NOBODY that I know said "Who"? They said, "Congratulations to a deserving talent". Maybe you need to turn off your AM radio......

      February 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • architect42

      The fact that she won means that the Grammys might for once be gaining a tiny bit of meaning. They have picked the most popular or the best selling way too often, regardless of the actual talent or the quality of the music. This (and a few other awards from last night) show that they aren't just paying attention to money and fame anymore...

      February 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      I have no idea who Drake is and wouldn't know about Bieber if he wasn't in the news all the time. Only listen to music that I like, and apparently Drake and Bieber never stood out to me.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  257. fergodsake

    had the pleasure of seeing her in Seattle. 35 years as a pro musician and she's the best I've ever seen. Nice a real musician beat the pop entertainers.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Cathy ODell

    - Oh get over it Bieber! Go sit in a corner and suck on your baby pacifier. Here is a life lesson: Accept defeat with class.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafalweb

      I think Bieb is accepting the defeat just fine. It's his fans that need to relax, put on their headphones, stick their noses back in their text-phones and try to forget about it.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Did you even read the VERY short story? Nowhere did it say Bieber is upset about anything...

      February 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  259. midwest Dad

    I can't say I know who she is. Actually, the ONLY one I've heard of is Bieber. I didn't say I listen to him, I have just heard of him.

    As usual, the hype about the grammy's is overblown. It's the music industry patting themselves on the back. It's a meaningless as the Oscars. Why not forget all this nonsense and let people listen to whatever they choose?

    February 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • usarnaem

      If it actually was the music industry patting itself on the back, Bieber would have won.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  260. s2

    This is a person with unbelievable work ethic and talent. Not that the others didn't deserve to win, but she does deserve to be recognized. I'm glad this award was not a popularity contest, but rather an award based on her innovative approach to modern music. Congratulations Ms. Spalding! I'm gonna go online now and buy her album.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Sam

    Seems racist to me

    February 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  262. phoenix

    she looks like a young chaka khan kudos and accolade to her . beiber is struggling to be the new ltom jones of his generation.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  263. lsk

    Who's this?

    February 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Anne


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  266. J

    She is hot!

    February 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  267. JB

    Not quite sure how Esperanza fits criteria for a new artist, but if she fits the category, she definitely should win. Pop acts may have huge record sales and be big concert draws, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best artist of the year. Bieber is this generation's Donny Osmond. If he's the best we have to offer, that's a pathetic statement. I would give the nod to someone creating music that will stand the time, not just be the answer to a trivia question in a few years.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Peter Pan

    What's to know? She won over that no talent hack bustin jeeber. Good 'nuff. Fans of that loser can eat it.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flora

      What's wrong with being black? Or is that supposed to be an insult?

      February 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus

      While I am not a fan of Bieber's music (primarily because his music is for pre-puberty boys and girls), I disagree that Mr. Bieber is talentless. He plays piano, drum, guitar, and trumpet, and plays them quite well. He can sing, dance, and act. He has done all that before he was 12! So, someone without talent can't accomplish that much, nor can they master multiple instruments from such an early age.

      Mr. Bieber, while tremendously popular, is a growing musician. You may not like his music, but talentless he is not. I wish him the best.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flora

      BTW, Sam, that talentless brat only a made a dime from that travesty of a movie because of brain-washed, prepubecent children like yourself who are to wet behind the ears to know what real music sounds like. Wait a few years – every one of them will want to know what on Earth they were smoking to make them crazy over that kid.

      Inspirational movie, my a s s... Beiber is nothing but a middle-class brat who's career is being funded by a washed-up singer (and yes, I have heard Usher's latest works; they're as commercially unimaginative as ever).

      February 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Chris

    If everyone said "Who", then she didn't deserve to win.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      You're an idiot.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Tell that to The Who.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      It's not a popularity contest.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mfsb525

      Obviously not everyone asked "who". She did, after all, win the award. Good for her.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • usarnaem

      Popularity does not always correlate to actual talent. See: Justin Bieber.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave_the_canuck

      The catagory was "BEST new artist"...

      NOT "Most Popular new artist"
      NOT "Most Well Known new artist"
      NOT "New artist with the most 14 year old twitter followers"

      ...but the "BEST new artist".... got it?

      Hopefully this awards makes all the tweenies understand that contrary to how important advertising and mtv sitcoms make you feel... you really don't have as much influence on the world as you are made to believe.
      Thankfully talent still trumps the fad driven whims of children.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julibear

      Forgive me if I'm wrong but the award is for best new artist!? I did indeed say 'who' when her name was called, but that's part of why I watch the Grammys, to find new, good artists! After reading this it's clear that she deserved the award much more than a over-produced tween who will be in a new field of employment as soon as his voice changes.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esperanza Fan

      If everyone said, "Who?", it just goes to show you how much "everybody" has to learn. A TRUE musician is not measured by the amount of redundant radio-play they receive, the number of pre-pubescent girls in the audience, or how many diamonds they have in their grill. SHE is what real music is all about.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lobbyistgrl

      If I could "like" comments...I would like usernaem's and db's 1,000 times!

      February 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  270. sjm

    I saw Ms. Spaulding on "Austin city limits" last year. I was very surprised and happy that she won – she's talented, doesn't have any in-your-agendas, and actually keeps all her clothes on. Now I sound like an old lady.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Willie Young II

    I saw her live last April and the woman has CHOPS! She deserves that Grammy for the quality, diversity and brilliance she brings to music. Perhaps not as well known as the other (also deserving) nominees but a breath of fresh air nonetheless. Esperanza is an innovator on the rise & guarantee you'll be hearing her name & her music a LOT more from now on.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Superhiro

    Oh yea.. Heh, oh well. I agree, I think it went to the right person. Like I said, Jazz typically trumps most other genres in my opinion. Especially pop.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Superhiro

    I'm not sure who Florence & The Machine are but isn't Drake the guy who does that "Baby please don't go" song? If so, I don't think he deserved to win either.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • SensibleAmerican

      It was Mike Posner that sang that song, but Esperanza still definitely deserves a Grammy over Drake as well.

      February 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • duuhh

      KC and the Sunshine Band did "Baby, Please don't go" thirty years ago... LOL

      February 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  274. uuuff

    shes my neighbor.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  275. DrMabuse

    She's not a new artist–she has been releasing CDs for the past few years. The Grammys area sham–although Spalding is more talented than Bieber, he was robbed.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • galfridus73

      Wait... how in the world was he robbed if she's better than he is? I have yet to hear anything of his that isn't completely canned and artificial sounding. She's singing, with an unaltered voice, and playing upright bass at the same time. I somehow think Bieber should be happy he was even nominated in the same category as she was.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • usarnaem

      I'm glad an authentic artist beat out a manufactured commercial act. You should be too. Beiber is just another mask for the same teeny-bop generic junk that's been shoveled out by the music industry since the '80s.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill


      I'm thinking he is saying he was robbed since the person who won it actually isn't a new artist. She is someone he claims has been putting out records for years. Meaning she shouldn't of even been in the running.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • architect42

      Best New Artist is not given to artists who have just entered the music scene, but to artists who have (in the year of consideration) come to the attention of the general public. It doesn't matter how long the band/person has released music beforehand. Usually this means playing larger(or more well-known) venues or releasing an album on a major label as opposed to an independant one.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonPeter

      She's not a new artist, but only established herself recently, hence, she should be eligible for the award. The same is true for any artist, how many years do they write and perform before getting recognition ? It could be one year or it could be 5 or more. None of her CD's gathered serious attention from all but a few fans until recently.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrMabuse

      I don't like the Grammy new artist rule and think it should be changed. Yes, Spalding is infinitely more talented than Bieber, who is a purveyor of pop garbage, but he better fits the "new artist" designation.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I was thinking that they have both been around. Would be nice to pick a "new" artist.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      The Grammys are a sham, I completely agree. The fact someone like Bieber was even NOMINATED blows my mind. Just because you're the most POPULAR new artist in the world, doesn't mean you are the BEST, or even a TALENTED new artist.

      There are many problems with the Grammys. Google my blog: 'Reading Through the Blindfold' and read my latest article to get my opinion of what the Grammys have become.

      February 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  276. randyD

    Looks like they finally gave an award based on talent. She rocked Houston @ DaCamera Jazz last year.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  277. dot

    'better known' and 'more established' are not criteria for this award (heck, if they were... bieber prob WOULD have won). the award ought to be about talent and quality..... esperanza has both in spades.

    that aside – congrats to ALL nominees. each has achieved a level of excellence in their chosen genre.

    February 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freda

      Agreed! She has been on the cover of Strad Magazine several times. Her talent is outstanding!!!

      February 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raj

      It depends on the year and times. When I was in HighSchool Sheena Easton, Culture Club, Men at Work and Cindi Lauper won. The nominations who lost included Men without Hats, Human League, etc. In the meantime my sisters favourite jass artist didnt show up, my favourite U2 (whose members were in their last year of high school when they recorded Boy) and my brothers favourite Michael Jackson (whos off the wall/thriller were not considered new artist because of his child band) didnt even come close to being nominated. The nominees mostly never made it past the next couple of years while many other solid artists made it. The did get serious in the later 80's but drifted back to Hootie and the Blowfish. All in all the criteria are not defined well so it just depends.

      Personally I think the new artist of the year must write his or own materials regardless of how pop they are. Beiber never wrote music as a child, never wrote poetry or verse as an early teen and had all his songs manufactured up till his last album. Now all of the sudden its come out that he wrote all the songs in this album – but song writing usually evolves over years so Im sure he's got a whole team behind him. Of course you have to perform too and he's quite a performer and talented on several instruments. I dont think he should have won but I think he easliy could have depending on what the flavor of the year is.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Vic

    Agree with the last comment, but c'mon she beat Drake and Florence & The Machine too. The academy completely messed up on this award.

    How do you justify overlooking all those better known and more established artists?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJohn

      She is a child prodigy, became a professor at the Berklee College of Music at the age of 20, and has a work ethic unlike anyone else. I would like to see Drake, Florence & The Machine, or Beiber last a day at Berklee. This award was not an upset.

      February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davidk

      @TJohn - None of the others can hold a candle to Esperanza; they wouldn't last at Berklee because they're entertainers and products of the marketing machine - Esperanza is a musician, plain and simple.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • LaLa

      Beiber and Drake were beaten because they they are not true singers / musicians.....Beiber is a screaching little twerp....his voice is not unique...any 14-17 year old sounds like him..once his voice changes his career is over.....Drake is a talent but more a rap artist and his recordings are highly overproduced....the Academy is supposed to award true musical talent and thats what they did here.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenyatta

      So, popularity over true talent? C'mon now, I'm so tired of "artists" with all this notoriety but skills. The award went to the right "Artist"

      February 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • lauradet

      Have you ever heard her perform or are you just making a blanketed statement?

      February 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • um

      You answered your own question. This award is for new upcoming artists. Drake and Beiber have been around for a while.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMB

      Better known and more established doesn't make one a better artist.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • d thorn

      Better known? More established? How about just plain BETTER, period. This klid will be history in a couple of years. That's not Grammy material. Eperanza is the real deal....if you don't like jazz, TOUGH. Jazz musicians are the best musicians on this planet, whether you understand jazz or not.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      You're just what the music industry loves. Better known and more established? .... so that's what makes a grammy winner? not the music or talent?

      February 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      saw Esperanza a year ago at a concert hall near here ... she's really unbelieveable at that age, to have that degree of talent , and her personality matches the smile on this picture.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahhhahhhh

      To "UM"...how funny...not a Beiber fan but he hasnt been around as long as she has.....so to say he's been around is so dumb.....but then who really cares.....

      February 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConvivialKat

      Vic – This was for BEST NEW ARTIST. ES is by leaps and bound the best new artist (oh, and Florence & The Machine aren't even still working together, so they might qualify for the best new not an artist anymore). DRAKE? You have got to be kidding...what instrument does he play? None.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LastMochican

      You cant be an established artist and be "best new artist" that contradicts itself... Also you really think beiber is an artist, just singing shouldnt cut it. Now if he wrote his own anything or composed the music himself then i say he is an artist but he isnt. Esperanza creates this music for people not blinded by corporate radio and Mtv...

      February 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale56

      @Vic What you are comparing are 2 seperate things. She is an accomplished Berklee trained artist and instructor while Drake and the others you mention are pop/hiphop pieces of fluff. She may well be the only one nominated in that category that can even read music let alone have conquered said skill. I suspect from your comment that I have ice cubes that are older than you are.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewEmail

      Brad proves the point: most have heard of Bieber, but not his music. That should be the point, quality of music, not number of teeny-bopper fans. He is not crying.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • woodie

      'Artist' is such a nebulous term. If it's art that's not appreciated, it's a dicey argument for Esperanza. Clearly Beiber was snubbed for an unknown, unappreciated artist.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Q:How do you justify overlooking all those better known and more established artists?
      A: She has MORE TALENT!

      February 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of reason

      all u old farts are just haters, did u not see how beiber learned to play drums so young, face it he is awesome my daughter loves his music go back to your oldies station. get over his success he is a good kid.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmmm

      @TJohn... When did BEST NEW ARTIST become a contest for who can last at a school? Last I checked this award wasn't about education. To everyone else, yes I agree none of the other artists deserved this, especially Drake, I mean come on.. he's just like every other rapper to come out in the last 10 years. Junk. Unfortunately, Bieber, I don't like him either but he does have talent, in many areas, and will always be more popular... tough to deny in my eyes...Jazz, please.. snore. I'd rather listen To "Baby" any day.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlbieVO5

      How do you justify overlooking all those better known and more established artists?
      She's a REAL Artist/Musican.... not a Pop Idol.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Superhiro

    She beat Beiber so she's a hero in my book.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Yup, I am going to buy her record. She is a jazz musician right? Even if I don't like it, I can play it at parties to make myself seem interesting 🙂

      February 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Her victory restores credibility back to this award.

      February 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoundGuy

      Yes Esperanza love you all the way!!

      February 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • um what?

      Mumford and Sons was definitely best new artist...its a shame no one appreciates real music and creativity these days.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agreed

      I totally agree!! I am so happy that it wasn't a popularity contest, but recognition of a true musician not a recording studio phenomenon...She perfomed on several BET events. I hope she continues to gain recognition. There are so many Beiber fans that are upset..its ok to be upset but you don't have to diss her to love him as an artist.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      I would like to know the names of the people that "vote" on who should get the award.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • N

      Excellent winner! Good to see that music and real talent win over artificial celebrity! Attended Esperanza's concert last year, which sure was absolutely fantastic! she really shows the passion for music and how to share that with others!

      February 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Abraham

      Such a joy to see a TRUE talent win it & not the money making puppets of the record companies. "...becoming concertmaster at 15 & ... Berklee School of Music offered Spalding a full scholarship...!!!!!!" No one knows about her because the media only follows the puppets & I'm so glad she is shinning NOW so brightly. Let's buy her CD & send a message to the beeber crowd.

      February 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      Beat Beiber Down

      February 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • angelad496

      Thank GOD for some talent! Hope Justin is saving his $....once he hits puberty his "15 mins" of fame will be over.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      It just shows to go ya.......
      It's not who you are...it's who you know.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      She is a breathe of fresh air, absolutely. Creatures like Bieber should be rocking the halls at 6 Flags and the like, but national music awards? Viva Esperanza!

      February 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      I had never heard of Esperanza but after watching this clip, it is not fathomable how Justin Bieber or any of his fans can claim that they were "robbed" of the Grammy.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Musician

      1) A Grammy is not intended for Pop music only.
      2) I and my circle of friends are well aware of the magic of Esperanza Spalding's music and her impact on the Jazz world. We have been fans & listeners since her first album.
      3) People who have questioned, "Who?" are showing their musical shallowness.
      4) If you have any doubt, please buy one of her albums (or both) and give her a listen. If you have any musical taste, you will appreciate and fall in love with the muscial talent, the musical genius, and the musical diversity of Esperanza Spalding.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonPeter

      To all the bieber fans... you can't ask "Who ?" then whine that she is already an established artist. She has only gotten recognition over the past year for her efforts, hence, she should be eligible for best new artist. bieber may be new, but he hardly meets the crtieria for being 'best' or for being an 'artist'. If the award solely went to a new 'pop star' then Bieber might have a case.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • brad

      i have never heard of esperanza... if she is so good then why have i and everyone else i watched the awards show last night never heard of her??? Beiber has taken the country by storm and that deserves to be best new artist. His acoustic singing is still just as tremendous as hers and he is getting the fame for some reason. You have to be into Jazz to know this girl... you have to be a hermit not to have heard Beiber's name.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • lookrealtalent

      Just purchased a copy of her album. I'm thrilled an actual artist won this award and not that stupid, ridiculous child.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      My sentiments. Great things come out of Portland and I can't stand the boy's girlish voice anyway.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • chicken Patties

      I never heard of her. What does it take to get a grammy? Apparently fame and name recognition is not part of the grammy formula.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • chicken Patties 5000

      What does it take to get a grammy? Apparently fame and name recognition is not part of the grammy formula. never heard of her.

      February 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN Blogger

      WOW! Someone with real talent actually wins!

      February 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Bieber

      She's my new hero too. Bieber is just a teen idol trend, here today, rehab or jail tomorrow. Besides his right-wing christian propaganda is sickening. What a hypocrite. Nice to see someone with REAL talent win for a change.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      As someone who has worked backstage I can say I was watching a young boy doing Brittney.......Using a DAT machine instead of his voice. When he has the vocal range that Esperanza Spalding has then he and his fans have a reason to complain. She is new, she is talented, she has a command of her voice, and a magical ability to work her vocal range in a way that cried out; "New Talent" Beber is just a kid moving his lips to fewer notes than fingers on my hand. He should learn from Timberlake. Stop the phony lip-syncing and the "I'm so hot" dance moves and try singing. She won because she can sing.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barnacle Bill

      1) Justin Beiber is NOT an artist.
      2) In no way, shape or form, is Justin Beiber an artist.
      3) since he is not an artist, he does not deserve an award that is for *artists*

      February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • CarvXV

      Who is Justin Bieber?

      February 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Who is Justin Bieber?

      February 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Grammy has been stolen!


      February 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soleil

      I agree with Greg

      February 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Monforti

      "two artists that you couldn't be unaware of if you tried. " Wrong . never heard of them.
      It's very easy not to listen to the radio. When they start playing Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold,Coheed and Cambria, Unitopia, Phideaux, IQ instead of the corporate BS and T & A. Then I will listen.
      Do the other two even play an instrument?

      February 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. Doe

      who gives a crud about Justin Bieber? I am so sick of hearing about this. Is this really headline news? What is up CNN? With all that is going on in the world they put this as one of their top stories?

      February 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmy jam

      Will someone tell me who this pager kid name Justin Beeper is????

      February 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmmm

      Ok, let me start by saying I'm not a bieber fan or a jazz fan. No bias here either way, but the bashing of Justin Bieber is just ridiculous and to say his "15 minutes of fame" will be up is just crazy talk. Do a little research. He also has many talents as a musical artist not just as a superstar that the little girls love now but once his voice changes its over. He can play the piano, the trumpet, the guitar, and many other instruments, as well as having an excellent singing voice. All instruments he learned to play on his own I might add. I believe giving this award to Spalding is a slap in the face to Justin honestly. She might have amazing talent and I believe she does, however, so does he and he has a much larger fan base at a much younger age in such a short time. I just don't see the justification. If you're going to give a best artist award to someone, it should at least be someone that 90% of the country doesn't say "WHO?!?!?" Alot of people have musical talent, do they deserve best artist over Bieber even if they don't win the popularity contest? Give me a break.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      "if she is so good then why have i and everyone else i watched the awards show last night never heard of her"

      Because you and your friends are ignorant with very limited musical horizons? Just a guess.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      You're a fool, J. They gave her this award SPECIFICALLY to trick you into thinking that it was something prestigious "again". Next year they'll give it to some stupid pop singer as usual.

      February 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheJessieSimone

      Sorry guys, she kind of sucks....I guess I need to hear a little more of her music.

      February 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      The sad thing is, there are undoubtedly several Esperenzas who will never be discovered.

      February 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • DD

      For 19+ years I have been a full-time jazz musician, and I actually had never heard of Justin Bieber until this article. (I guess I should get his record to stay current.) Needless to say, I have been a huge fan of Esperanza Spalding since I heard her CD a couple of years ago in a coffee shop, and have actually have to pleasure of meeting her, and she is quite approachable and nice to talk with.

      February 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krissy

      For once a REAL artist won. the Beiber kids should just shut their mouths. Just because he's popular to them doesn't mean he has talent. I can walk down my hood and find another one just like him; dime a dozen. But ES IS REALLY GOOD and it's about time we hear more oringinal music instead of stuff that's been sampled 50 different times.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neo

      I'm excited she won. I was so excited in fact, I decided to buy her cd for an extra Valentine's day gift for my wife. The problem is the cd doesn't exist ANYWHERE in brick and mortar stores. Granted the days of buying actual cd's are almost gone, but you can't unwrap a download. There were plenty of cd's of every other artist in the major categories, but not a single one of hers in 4 different stores. Just saying...

      February 16, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |

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