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- Posted on Feb 14th 2011 2:15PM by Latifah Muhammad
When Spalding made her way back to the media room at the Staples Center, she had no mercy for the competition, especially Justin Bieber. "He'll have many more years and many more nominations, so he'll be straight," she said when asked about beating the teen pop sensation.
Bieber's devoted acolytes didn't take her victory so lightly. In dozens of changes to Spalding's Wikipedia page, Beliebers attacked the singer/bassist, with the most glaring being this gem: "JUSTIN BIEBER DESERVED IT GO DIE IN A HOLE. WHO THE HECK ARE YOU ANYWAY?" On top of that, people changed her middle name to "Justin" and then "Quesadilla." Another Rhodes Scholar among the vandals went on to call Spalding a "reatard," which probably has nothing to do with the late Jay Reatard.
Despite the fact that Spalding is not necessarily a new artist -- she dropped her debut album 'Junjo' in 2006 -- the win proved that in a music climate dominated by hip-hop and pop music, jazz deserves more recognition. "Hopefully people will realize that there's talent in the jazz world that they didn't know about," she said. "There's so much music evolving and rocking all over the world. If [the public] wants to discover more jazz people, that would be great."