Who is Esperanza Spalding?
That was the question being asked by many music fans after she won best new artist at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. A similar question was undoubtedly on the minds of the two nominees widely regarded as favorites: Justin Bieber, the teen-pop juggernaut, and Drake, the slyly melancholy hip-hop star.
“Thank you to the Academy for even nominating me in this category,”
she said just after reaching the podium, as if hurrying to acknowledge the unlikeliness of her win. Within moments her name had become a trending topic on Twitter, mainly for reasons of curiosity — or spite. (Don’t mess with Mr. Bieber’s fans.) More than 18 hours later — an eternity, as these things go — the trend was still holding strong.