Grammy winner’s Wiki page hacked by Bieber fans
Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding wins best new act award - and Justin Bieber’s supporters don’t like it
Esperanza Spalding, the most surprising winner on a night full of surprises at the Grammys, pronounced herself "perplexed" at her award for best new artist. She wasn't the only one.
Jazz bassist and singer Spalding (above) beat off competition in her category from R&B teen heartthrob Justin Bieber and hip-hop star Drake - as well as established UK acts Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons, whose 'newcomer' tag would have puzzled many Brits.
Although Bieber took his defeat in good grace, shaking Spalding's hand on the way to the press area, his millions of tween fans were less magnanimous.
Music fans users who rushed to Wikipedia to find out who on earth Spalding was discovered her page had already been vandalised with the slogans: "JUSTIN BIEBER DESERVED IT - GO DIE IN A HOLE. WHO THE HECK ARE YOU ANYWAY?" and "SHE IS FUCKING REATARD".
In reality, Spalding, 26, is from Portland, Oregon. She is of African-American, Native American, Welsh and Spanish extraction and draws on all of these and more in her music. She is not a newcomer, having recorded three albums, starting with Junjo in 2006. Her Grammy 'newcomer award' is for her third album, Chamber Music Society.
After her win, Esperanza said: "I hope people realise that there are a lot of things happening in the jazz world that they may not know about and that I'm one of them."
Country music trio Lady Antebellum were another surprise package last night, winning five Grammys, including record of the year and song of the year.
The night finished on a high note for 'real' musicians, with multi-instrumentalist bohemian indie-rock collective Arcade Fire winning album of the year for The Suburbs.
Receiving the award, band member Win Butler announced: "We're going to play another song because we like music" before taking the stage for a rendition of Ready to Start.
The Los Angeles Times saw this as a defining moment on a night that saw "a generational takeover and an airing of the widening gap between the traditional corporate music industry and the dynamic, diverse culture that's redefining the very nature of popular music right now".
Megastar acts weren't entirely frozen out, with Lady Gaga - who in true Spinal Tap style, popped out of an egg during a performance of Born This Way - and Jay-Z each winning three awards. But Eminem, who had led the field with 10 nominations, walked away with just two awards in hip-hop categories. ·
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