Beware the wrath of a Justin Bieber fan scorned. After the 16-year-old phenom — and, for that matter, Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons — lost the Best New Artist award to Esperanza Spalding at the Grammys on Sunday, the little-known jazz singer/bassist found herself a target of the Beliebers.
Spalding’s Wikipedia page was attacked following her Grammy win, as random facts, misstatements and taunts were added to the site and then quickly removed. After a sentence noting her victory, for example, a user added the statement, “Justin Bieber deserved it go die in a hole. Who the heck are you anyway?”
In other places, the musician’s middle name was changed to both “Justin” and “Quesadilla” and her Grammy win was written up with the addendum, “Even though no one has ever heard of her! Yay!” At the end of her biography, one user wrote, “Biber 4 Lyfe.”
Bieber himself shared in his fans’ frustration, telling MTV News on Sunday night, “I’m not going to lie — I was disappointed. But, you know, I’m gonna come back [next year] and we’ll take a few home.”
Unlike the Wikipedia hackers, however, the “Baby” singer showed no bitterness whatsoever when he ran into Spalding backstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The two artists shook hands and Bieber congratulated Spalding on the victory.
“I was one of those [surprised] people,” Spalding told us backstage. “It was so unexpected, that’s the truth. I’m grateful to all my people in my big musical family that have given me so much support and help over the years. I don’t really think this is for me; it’s for all of us. And I wish they could all be here to put one finger on this with me.”
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