Grammys 2011: Esperanza Spalding beats Justin Bieber to best new artist

esperanza-spalding-grammys.jpg Justin Bieber, all dolled up in his white tuxedo, probably thought that he had best new artist in the bag at the Grammys. But it's Esperanza Spalding, a lesser-known jazz bassist and singer, who now has bragging rights to one of the Grammys' biggest kudos.

Spalding beats out Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine and Mumford & Sons for the honor that's previously gone to icons like Mariah Carey, Carly Simon and the Beatles -- and some less aspirational acts such as Milli Vanilli and Evanescence.

But who is this woman who has no doubt made several hundred thousand teenage girl enemies? The 26-year-old Oregonian has been playing almost her entire life, having taught herself the violin by the time she was five. She's recorded three solo albums ("Junjo," "Esperanza," and "Chamber Music Society"), and, at 20 years old, became the youngest professor at Berklee College of Music -- a position she continues to hold when she's not touring.

Here's the video for "Little Fly," one of the singles off of her Grammy-qualifying "Chamber Music Society": 




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