Six Things You Didn't Know About Grammy Awards Best New Artist Winner Esperanza Spalding!

Sun, February 13, 2011 11:18pm EDT by 1 Comment

Learn more about the lady who had the biggest upset of the night in the ‘Best New Artist’ category!

Most people watching the 53rd Grammy Awards were shocked when Esperanza Spalding walked away with the “Best New Artist” statue over more established nominees such as Drake and Justin Bieber. But the 26-year-old jazz musician has earned a lot of respect in the recording industry. This bassist and singer made a lot of waves during the Feb. 13 ceremony, and we have six facts you may have not known about this rising star!

1) She was inspired to become a musician after seeing Yo-Yo Ma perform on Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood when she was four years old.

2) She has played with Stevie Wonder and Prince, and was even selected to play during a Prince tribute at the 2010 BET Awards.

3) She became the youngest faculty member ever at Berklee College of Music when she was 20.

4) She is one of President Obama’s favorite musicians and has played at the White House twice.

5) She was prominently featured in a Banana Republic national marketing campaign.

6) She is most likely enemy number one for Bieber fans everywhere. Just for tonight though.

– William Earl

Leave a Reply

To comment, please fill in the fields below, enter your comment and select the Comment button.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

View Comment

debs

Posted at 11:28 AM on February 14, 2011  

justin deserved to win!!! he worke very hard and its very talented !!!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,629 other followers