Since the GRAMMYs last night, everyone including myself has been asking the almighty question, “Who the hell is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Esparanza Spalding[/lastfm]?” Who is the chic that beat out [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Justin Bieber[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm] for Best New Artist at the GRAMMYs. Well let me tell you, Esparanza Spalding is a Jazz musician who has been in the game since 2006 when she dropped her solo album Junjo.
President Obama selected her to perform at the Oslo City Hall when he accepted his 2009 Nobel Prize, as well as at a White House poetry jam. Spalding also sang along side [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Patti LaBelle[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alicia Keys [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Janelle Monae[/lastfm] for the 2010 BET Awards Tribute to Prince, so the girl got talent. Now , like you, I’m saying with all this under her belt why/how did she win Best New Artist? Well babies I can’t answer that cause if I knew I’d pass the secret to all my fav artist so they could win (s/o [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]J. Cole[/lastfm]).
Here’s some more info on the new IT girl thanks to People Magazine:
1. She doesn’t own a TV, but loves 30 Rock
“I don’t have a television because I’m never home,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m usually traveling overseas but whenever I have an Internet connection I do my catch up on 30 Rock and have a good laugh. It’s one of my favorite shows.”
2. Her hair is all natural – and all hers
“When I was little my hair was my worst enemy because I have so much of it and it’s really unruly,” Spalding says. “I don’t know what happened but at some point I didn’t try to tame it and just let it go wild and it became my look.” And the bassist credits her mother with encouraging her personal style. “As much as I wanted to do something [with my hair as a teenager], she wouldn’t let me. I just had to learn to accept it. Now I really love it.”