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Esperanza Spalding upsets Justin Bieber for Best New Artist

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

The Grammy goes to …Esperanza!

Many music fans are wondering how Esperanza Spalding upset Justin Bieber for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards.

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A lot of music fans are asking: How did Esperanza Spalding upset Justin Bieber for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards? Simple, she deserved it in a tight race in one of the category's better years.

Esperanza Spalding will be "who everyone's talking about" for a few days after basking in her Grammy Award-winning glow. The singer shined on a night that saw a thousand stars and a bevy of performances that were the stuff of legend.

First of all, we must talk about Bieber's visible disappointment. He must have thought for sure this award was his to lose. In fact, that is exactly what happened.

Enough about Bieber, the talk of the town is Esperanza Spalding and how this 26-year-old jazz bassist scored the esteemed (of late) Best New Artist award.

Spalding first came to the awareness of jazz music fans in 2005 with her compelling voice and musical prowess. She was awarded the Grammy for her 2010 body of work, Chamber Music Society.

Esperanza Spalding also made history with her Best New Artist award. She is the first jazz artist to earn the coveted trophy in that category.

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