MUSIC NEWS - One of the most asked questions from last night's 53rd Grammy Awards has been- Who is Best New Esperanza Spalding? Well, she's a bassist, singer and composer and is the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY Award. She was nominated this year along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category certainly signifies her considerable appeal to a broad audience.
Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, was on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart for 70+ weeks and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.
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