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The general consensus after Esperanza Spalding walked away with the Best New Artist award at the Grammys Sunday night was "Esperanza WHO?!" And that's totally not fair! Yes, Justin Bieber was nominated in the same category, but enough with the Haterade, people! Esperanza Spalding won the Grammy fair and square -- she's put in a lot more legwork than you know.
Esperanza Spalding is a jazz bassist and singer, and the first jazz artist to win the Grammy for Best New Artist. (That's a feat in and of itself.) By the time she was 5 years old, Esperanza taught herself to play the violin and was performing with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon, where she's from. By her 16th birthday, Esperanza had completed her GED and was off touring as a professional bassist with various jazz groups around the country. She attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship at age 17, and after graduating she began teaching there as well, becoming one of the youngest professors in the school's history. And she just won a Grammy. At age 26. Boom.
So before you continue your death threats, Beliebers, remember that so many musicians are out there working hard and vying for this kind of recognition in the music industry. There's room for everyone at the table!
Also, one final note -- let's talk about how Esperanza Spalding is also freaking adorable. That hair is amazing and lovely (we're so jealous), and that dress is STUNNING. Beauty, brains, talent and style?!!? Represent, girl!