- 01:06 PM, Oct 14
Esperanza Spalding was the name which became famous and infamous at the same time when she won Best New Artist category at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Little known before the prestigious event, the jazz singer beat the odds when her name was called out instead of more established names such as Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. She became the first jazz artist to win the category.
Spalding was born in 1984 to a Welsh/Hispanic/Native American mother and African-American father who got divorce when she was little. Her mom raised her and her brother as a single parent in Portland, Oregon, in a neighborhood which she described as "pretty scary". Her interest in music came mainly from her mom who was not only encouraging her daughter to enter music schools but also studied music herself.