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Esperanza Spalding: Grammy Best New Artist!

Esperanza Spalding: Grammy Best New Artist!

Esperanza Spalding accepts the Best New Artist trophy at the 2011 Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on Sunday (February 13) in Los Angeles.

The 26-year-old jazz singer beat Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + The Machine, and Mumford & Sons for the accolade!

“I know I don’t have a lot of time, so first, thank you to the Academy for even nominating me in this category,” Esperanza said during her acceptance speech.

“I take this honor to heart so sincerely, and I’ll do my damndest to make a whole lot of great music for all of you,” she added. “It’s such a blessing and an honor. God bless. Thank you.”

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33 Responses to “Esperanza Spalding: Grammy Best New Artist!”

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  1. 1
    xoKel_Belxo Says:

    i dont mean to be rude but who the hell is she?!?!?

  2. 2
    ck_always Says:

    @xoKel_Belxo: Well, as far as I can tell from reading. Her name is Esperanza Spalding. She’s 26 years old and is a jazz artist. Further information can be found using search engines such as Google and Wikipedia. Hello, I’m a smartass.

  3. 3
    what? Says:

    sorry but.. who are you? lol

  4. 4
    Callie Says:

    Cute shoes

  5. 5
    english rose Says:

    i’d never heard of her before tonight, but she has the voice of an angel and is super adorable! i will be buying her record, for sure!!!! Black girls rock!!!!! :)

  6. 6
    Mkhay Says:

    thankgod for google

  7. 7
    pooh Says:


  8. 8
    Lalalove Says:

    I love love love Esperanza!! She most def deserves it!

  9. 9
    ib8 Says:

    I love her. I’m so glad she got it. She really deserved it. As long as Justin Bieber didn’t win, I’m happy.

  10. 10
    Dotti Says:


    You may want to also link to her full-length performance on PBS: This clip is embeddable: (hit the embed button after the ad plays)

  11. 11
    90210 Says:

    Who is she?
    Beiber should’ve won!

  12. 12
    lop Says:

    lots of bieber trollies trolling along.

  13. 13
    lop Says:

    @ib8: agree! i loved her from her single ‘espera’ which she performed at the nobel prize in ’09

  14. 14
    tina Says:

    Um, who?

  15. 15
    Sean Says:


  16. 16
    Alex Says:

    wow seriously?
    Drake should of taken this no doubt

  17. 17
    lovelydee Says:

    I’m gonna listen to her
    music now, because I’m
    not very fond of her.

  18. 18
    Caroline Says:

    Who’s that chick?

  19. 19
    DoN.Andris Says:

    Thank God Justin Bieber did not win

  20. 20
    joann Says:


    She is a 26 year old music professor. She was hired as a professor at the age of 20. She is extremely talented jazz musician.

  21. 21
    Real Music Says:

    She is a great artist a classically trained Celloist from Julliard’s. The Grammy went for substance rather than fluff in this category.

  22. 22
    Parisa Says:

    I didnt know who she was either, I am sure she is talented. But no one knows who she is so how could she be the ARTIST OF THE YR??? I think Drake should have taken that, even tho I am not a huge Drake fan I still think he deserved it because he was all over the radio, news and magazines in 2010. So was Justin B. I am not a huge fan of him either but I still think he did good in 2010 – I am not a 13 yr old girl but I can honestly say the kid can sing, play insturments and at least has passion for what he does.

    Anyways I was very shocked at the winner, not because she doesnt have talent but because no one really knew who she was, and as far as I am concerned ARTIST OF THE YR should go to someone who had the MOST hits/made the most $$/ and the person who everyonnnee was sick of hearing about. example (drake and Justin B)

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    amy Says:

    Florence honestly and truly deserved this award. Esparanza is a great artist, mind you. But her album debut was in 2006, and was Lady Gaga not allowed Best New Artist last year for that very reason?Out of the other nominees, Florence and Mumford and Sons were the best artists on the list. But since stunning alt-rock-folk ensembles don’t come around too often, Florence should have been noticed for her electrifying and unique debut album.

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    Mlle Says:


    Technically, the Grammy category was Best New Artist. Grammy awards are not necessarily based on sales or radio play. I think Billboard Awards use those metrics. The Grammy’s try to focus more on artistic excellence rather than commercial success (though often the 2 merge) Consider Herbie Hancock’s 2008 win for Album of the Year for ‘River; The Joni Letters’. That album beat out Amy Winehouse and a few other favorites for ‘the big prize’

  25. 25
    Mlle Says:


    Wow, I did not know Esperanza was approached to teach @ 20. I’ve read JB has been playing drums and guitar since his pre-school days, but … would he be invited to teach at a prestigious university after the next 4 years (he’s 16 now, right?). I’m so pleased to see her talent recognized.

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