Who would've thought that a young jazz bassist would come in and steal the Best New Artist Grammy out from under the likes of Justin Bieber, Florence and the Machine and Drake? Not too many people, that's for sure. In fact, gambling mavens Ladbrokes and Bodog placed the odds of Esperanza Spalding winning the award at an unlikely 20-to-1.
But she did it! Since we're still reeling over the fact that Spalding overcame the tsunami of popularity currently surrounding her fellow nominees, it's time to take a closer look at this mega underdog-turned-big winner.
The 26-year-old Portland, Oregon, native discovered music at an early age, teaching herself to play the violin at age 5 and playing with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon. She dabbled in the guitar, the oboe and cello before settling on the bass in high school. After putting in time in at both Portland State University and the prestigious Berklee College of Music on scholarships, she broke onto the jazz scene in a big way with her album Chamber Music Society. Though she was primarily known in jazz circles, her Best New Artist Grammy will surely put her on the proverbial music map for a new group of fans.
"I certainly did not expect to even be considered for that type of nomination," she said. "Me being a little old jazz musician and everything."
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