Esperanza Spalding: New Grammy Darling, Bieber Fan Nightmare

Esperanza Spalding accepts the Best New Artist Award during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2011.
Esperanza Spalding accepts the Best New Artist Award during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Getty)

(CBS) It didn't take long for Esperanza Spalding's fame to turn to misfortune. Shortly after winning the Grammy Sunday for Best New Artist, beating out the likes of Justin Bieber, Florence and the Machine, Drake and Mumford & Sons, the 25-year-old's Wiki page reportedly came under attack by jealous Bieber fans.

But what is the little known jazz singer really about? Read on.

Here's a short list of what you need to know about Spalding

  • She was born in Portland, Oregon and raised by her mother in a multi-lingual household, according to her website.
  • Her first album, which was self titled, spent 70 weeks on Billboard's contemporary jazz charts, according to

  • She sings, plays bass (acoustic double bass, that is), writes most of her own songs and produces her own records.

  • Due to a childhood illness, she was home schooled for much of her younger education, says her site.

  • Her first musical hero was cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who inspired her to learn violin by the time she was five. She was good enough to land a spot in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon, where she played until she was 15.

  • She has gigged at the White House twice and played at Obama's Nobel Peace Prize party.

  • Her latest album is Chamber Music Society. Check it out here.

As for all that ugly Bieber fan business, we got the full scoop here.


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