Esperanza Spalding Upsets Justin Bieber, Drake for Best New Artist Grammy

Oddsmakers gave her virtually no shot of winning (+3000), but Esperanza Spalding shocked the world with a Grammy win for Best New Artist.

In the process, Spalding upset mainstream successes like Justin Bieber and Drake, as well as trendy critical darlings Florence + The Machine and Mumford and Sons. While it was obvious betting lines inflated Justin Bieber’s chances (as Headline Planet noted earlier, youth-skewing pop acts almost never win the award, making his positioning as an odds-on favorite curious), most assumed the “upset” victory would instead belong to Drake or Florence and the Machine. Few were giving Spalding a shot.

But much to the surprise of the live crowd (and, undoubtedly, millions of Bieber fans), it was a gracious Esperanza Spalding on stage accepting the award.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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