If you’ve been following the career of Justin Bieber you would almost certainly think he was a shoe-in for the “best new artist” Grammy at this years awards show, after all he’s sold millions of albums, has fans around the world and heck even his hairdo has become a pop phenomenon, however that wasn’t enough to keep Esperanza Spalding from robbing the Biebs of the award.
Esperanza took the title at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with her jazzy songs and bass playing abilities, proving that sometimes even the Academy wants “real” musicians to take home top honors.
Kanye West didn’t go all Taylor Swift at this show either, saying of the “Best new artist” nod:
“Damn… I can’t find the words to explain how I feel about the best new artist award… Don’t wanna say the wrong thing.”
After performing with Usher the Biebs responded to losing the best new artist category:
“I’m happy for her. I had a great night! I got to perform with my mentor.”
The “best new artist” category is full of artists who have been around for a while, for example Spalding is already on her third album.
The award made history as Spalding is the first jazz artist to win “Best New Artist.”