Monday, February 14, 2011

Esperanza Spalding Beats The Biebs

Apparently Justin Bieber fans have not heard of the curse that follows Grammy Best New Artist winners. I myself was rooting for The Biebs to win just so maybe he would fade away. Instead, Esperanza Spalding won the award and found out in a matter of minutes just how vindictive Biebs fans can be when their bob haired teen does not win.

Spalding's Wikipedia page was changed and Biebs Twitter followers threatened not only Spalding's life but all the lives of Grammy judges. Yes, no one had really heard of Spalding but her music is good and Biebs fans just need to get over it.

The complete list of major winners is:

Record of the year:
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

Album of the year:
"The Suburbs" - Arcade Fire

Song of the year:
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

Best new artist:
Esperanza Spalding

Pop performance by a duo or group with vocals:
"Hey, Soul Sister" (Live) - Train

Pop vocal album:
"The Fame Monster" - Lady Gaga

Rock album:
"The Resistance" - Muse

Rap album:
"Recovery" - Eminem

Female country vocal performance:
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"

Country album:
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

Producer of the year, non-classical:
Danger Mouse

Female pop vocal performance:
"Bad Romance" – Lady Gaga

Male pop vocal performance:
"Just The Way You Are" – Bruno Mars

Pop collaboration with vocals:
"Imagine" – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare

Pop instrumental performance:
"Nessun Dorma" – Jeff Beck

Pop instrumental album:
"Take Your Pick" – Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto

Dance recording:
"Only Girl (In The World)" – Rihanna

Electronic/dance album:
"La Roux" – La Roux

Traditional pop vocal album:
"Crazy Love" – Michael Bublé

Solo rock vocal performance:
"Helter Skelter" – Paul McCartney

Rock performance by a duo or group with vocals:
"Tighten Up" – The Black Keys

Hard rock performance:
"New Fang" – Them Crooked Vultures

Metal performance:
"El Dorado" – Iron Maiden

Rock instrumental performance:
"Hammerhead" – Jeff Beck

Rock song:
"Angry World" – Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)

Alternative music album:
"Brothers" – The Black Keys

Female R&B vocal performance:
"Bittersweet" – Fantasia

Male R&B vocal performance:
"There Goes My Baby" – Usher

R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals:
"Soldier Of Love" – Sade

Traditional R&B vocal performance:
"Hang On In There" – John Legend & The Roots

Urban/alternative performance:
"F*** You" – Cee Lo Green

R&B song:
"Shine" – John Stephens, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)

R&B album:
"Wake Up!" – John Legend & The Roots

Contemporary R&B album:
"Raymond V Raymond" – Usher

Rap solo performance:
"Not Afraid" – Eminem

Rap performance by a duo or group:
"On To The Next One" – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Rap/sung collaboration:
"Empire State Of Mind" – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Rap song:
"Empire State Of Mind" – Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Alicia Keys, Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Burt Keyes & Sylvia Robinson, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)

Male country vocal performance:
"'Til Summer Comes Around" – Keith Urban

Country performance by a duo or group with vocals:
"Need You Now" – Lady Antebellum

Country collaboration with vocals:
"As She's Walking Away" – Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson

Country instrumental performance:
"Hummingbyrd" – Marty Stuart

Country song:
"Need You Now" – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)


kathrynnova said...
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Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I find it odd that the Beebs didn't win anything. And who is this girl exactly? Never heard of her.

I'm sure the Beebs will clean up at the Teen Choice Awards.

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MommaSaid said...

She is actually a very good musician which leads me to believe that sometimes, just sometimes, quality wins over popularity with the judges or whatever group decides these things..Good for her and boo on Biebs fans. Not cool.

sunnyside1213 said...

Thought the most Ludicrous Award should go to Lady Gag Gag. I think she jumped the shark last night.

M said...

I'm usually in the "Who in the Hell is that" boat with everyone else, but I actually know Esperanza Spaulding's work and I am shocked that the academy made the right choice (instead of the pop culture choice). She plays an upright bass like nobody's business! Yay Grammy people!

Red said...

Arcade Fire was the worst winner, I think. Simply because it legitimizes that hipster crap (though, does it mean that they are now too mainstream and will be abandoned by their fans?)

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Sorry Red, when I heard about Arcade Fire winning, I thought to myself, "wow, the Grammys finally got one right for a change!"

The Grammys aren't supposed to be a popularity contest (even though they certainly have been in the past).

Red said...

Didn't have to be a popularity contest. That album was definitely not better than Eminem's...and I think the sole reason why it beat out Lady A's is that it won all those others.

Hipsterism needs to be stopped before it destroys our social fabric.

BigMama said...

I am not going to lie, I was very suprised by Arcade Fire's win. But, I am not as familiar with them as with the other artists. I had hoped Mumford and Sons would win in thier catagory but.....

OT- slightly.....CeeLo and Gwyneth were hilarious! I don't even like her but I loved thier performance. He is a total nut!

RocketQueen said...

I was left scratching my head at a few of the winners (why was there so much COUNTRY? They have their own awards show!), but I thought the performances last night were awesome. Enjoyed almost every one.
Also, Marc Anthony was high as a fucking kite.

amh.producer said...

I hadn't heard of arcade fire before and the first song made me realize I'm effing old. It hurt my ears. The lights were killing my eyes (and this was on TV, not live - even if it was HD :-)). The second song was better for me but I literally left the room on the first song.

timebob said...

I love when the tweens don't get their way. They are so used to being handed everything by their parents. Their collective minds blow up when something doesn't go as expected.

That generation will be in for a real thrill when they get rejected for their first love or lose out on a job. They really won't be able to handle any sort of rejection or failure at all. Scary times.

jess said...

What the hell? it's an award and let's face it he's a performer not a great singer.

califblondy said...

Personally, I liked the opening number even tho Christina overvocalized just a tad.

I gotta confess, I saw "Never Say Never" this past weekend and liked it.

While I do love her, Barbra Streisand should have stayed home. I love Kris too, but dang, poor guy could hardly talk. He was either drunk, high, or his new teeth didn't fit.

I heard Marc Anthony sing a few bars of "Moon River", but I didn't see or hear what J.Lo said to shut him down.

John Mayer looked like hell, but I liked "Jolene" with Nora Jones and Keith Urban.

Red said...

Diddly Piddly was on SOMETHING when he introduced Rihanna + Drake

Mango said...

Spaulding's talent aside, it makes me wonder if it was an award for her, or against the Beebs. I'm sure it must bug a lot of people that the little twank generated $100+ mil last year.

mooshki said...

Wow, the Grammy's definitely win this year's award for "Award Show With the Most Integrity."

awesome balla. said...

@red: if you think hipsters are ruining the moral fabric of america, clearly you have never watched, or more importantly, experienced the types of people showcased on 'toddlers and tiaras,' 'say yes to the dress,' 'jersey shore, any of 'the hills' bs, 'my sweet 16,' etc.

Lady J said...


I saw Mark Anthony was DEFINITELY on something. He looked HIGH as Hell. J-lo was giving him all kinds of looks while they were talking because he kept messing up.

Mango said...

I don't get all the country wins, either.

"Need you now" is certainly not the worst song I've ever heard, but "Lady Antebellum" is probably one of the stupider band names ever.

RocketQueen said...

@Lady J - dude couldn't even string a sentence together on the red carpet before the show! I've been around coke once or twice in my life and I swear, he was cracked the HELL out. Apparently JLo interrupted him at one point during the awards and he looked like he might kill her. That man is just not right.

Robert said...

If you want a laugh, check out (Look At This F*cking Hipster.) Showcasing only the very finest in self-indulgent mavens of modern sensibilities.

evergrey said...

@red - My husband and I too thought Pdiddy was effed up. Maybe he partook in some "Jeffrey"? LOL.
(reference from Get him to the Greek - coincidentally we watched it on Sat night)

@BigMomma - I too love Mumford & Sons and wished they had won as well. Never heard of Arcarde Fire, but I liked their last performance - the one WIHTOUT all the seizure inducing lights.

ForSure said...

Gotta admire Cee Lo for fitting a tribute to the Muppets, Elton John, and the San Diego Chicken into one performance.

I missed JLo and Mark Anthony somehow and I watched that show twice.

I love that the academy changed the definition of 'new' artist so that someone with 3 albums, a performance at the WH for Obama, and tons of industry cred can win the award. This category had another surprise winner a few years back who mentioned in her speech that she had been around 10 years.

Album of the year has had a few surprise winners in the past, I had a feeling that category was wide open again this year.

BigMama said...

@evergrey - LOVED Get him to the Greek! Pdiddly was hilarious in that and now that you mention it, Russell Brand was back stage with Katy so maybe they did fire one up

@FS - the San Diego chicken comment killed me! LOL thanks!

Jasmine said...

I too thought it was great that Esperanza Spalding won.
What I learned last night was 2 things:
1) Despite my initial surprise that the Beibs CAN sing(had never heard a song by him before) His lyrics/performance style made me cringe and remember the days in the 90's when that style of pop shit was cool. It's like he was 5 boy band menmbers in one pint size well coiffed person. ugh
2) Mick Jagger (having never seen him perform live) rocked my socks off! The way he chased that guitarist around and just strutted his shit- FANTASTIC.
oh and 3) Gaga has now reached a level of trying too hard that is physically painful for me to endure (and I'm a fan!)

Paisley said...

I thought Drake was supposed to be the lock for new artist? Anyway, I think Drake and Beiber split the vote and Esperanza was able to win with the older voting crowd. I liked her clip.

mooshki said...

Good theory, Paisley.

JMS said...

Spaulding is not a new artist. She has 2 CDs out and has been around for years.

Justin Beiber CLEARLY was not rewarded for his hard work.

Award shows are rigged. All of them.

shakey said...

When I saw the nominees on screen waiting for the result I thought Baby Biebs was probably thinking "Please let it be me. Please let it be me." Then I thought perhaps Florence was thinking, "Please don't let me lose to Bieber. Please don't let me lose to Bieber." When Esperanza's name was announced, Florence let out a big whoop. I thought that was nice.

Don't get these Bieber tweeners going nuts like that. Ridiculous.

Meg said...

I feel like some of those songs have been out more than a year...

Bieber has the rest of his life to win a grammy. He's here for more than his 15 minutes Y'ALL.

I loved everyone in the alternative category...i can't believe I missed seeing Band of Horses :(

awesome balla. said...

@mch: band of horses performed? i cant believe the black keys didnt :( or did they? seems im missing things lol. then again, i would expect the blogs to cover the only acceptable category.


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