Video: Billboard's Best New Spotlight on Esperanza Spalding
Already, fellow artists has congratulated Spalding via Twitter. "Wow. Awesome upset!" tweeted the Roots drummer ?uestlove. "We are floored! couldn't happen to a nicer person."
Kanye West, meanwhile, appeared to be holding his tongue for a change, tweeting, "Damn... I can't find the words to explain how I feel about the best new artist award...Don't wanna say the wrong thing."
Despite his expression of disappointment on camera, Bieber seemed prepared for any outcome at the Grammys earlier today, writing on Twitter, "Regardless of what happens today is a GREAT DAY...so blessed and grateful. This is just the beginning."
Spalding's Grammy nominations came on the heels of her most recent album, "Chamber Music Society," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums Chart and No. 3 on Top Contemporary Jazz Albums. The 26-year-old singer/bassist composer most recently appeared on the bill for Prince's upcoming "Welcome 2 America" tour.
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