Twenty-four year old Jazz singer Esperanza Spalding shocked the Grammy watching audience earlier this evening by beating out big names like Florence and the Machine, Justin Bieber and Drake for this year’s “Best New Artist” award. Donning a lime green halter dress and her own natural fro, Esperanza, a native of Portland, graciously accepted her award and thanked the academy for nominating her.
The smiling award-winner stated that she had every intention of using this opportunity to continue making music that she felt her friends, fans and family would be proud of. “I take this honor to heart so sincerely, and I’ll do my damndest to make a whole lot of great music for all of you,” she gushed. “It’s such a blessing and an honor. God bless. Thank you.”
While most thought the Best New Artist would be landing in the hands of Drake, Bieber or Florence, Spalding came out from behind thanks to a strong following in the jazz community. In 2010 she released several albums including Reencontro and Chamber Music Society, and she also joined Prince for select dates on his Welcome 2 America Tour.
To see exactly what Esperanza does, check her out below performing on the Early Show’s 2nd Cup Cafe.