New Vixen Alert: Who Is Esperanza Spalding?


namcgloster | February 14, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Esperanza Spalding beat out both Drake and Justin Bieber in the Best New Artist category at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and that’s really all that matters. But in case you need to know who she is outside of that unforeseen feat, compiled five need-to-know things about this beautiful and talented and now Grammy Award-winning starlet.

1. She doesn’t own a TV, but loves 30 Rock
“I don’t have a television because I’m never home,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m usually traveling overseas but whenever I have an Internet connection I do my catch up on 30 Rock and have a good laugh. It’s one of my favorite shows.”

2. Her hair is all natural – and all hers
“When I was little my hair was my worst enemy because I have so much of it and it’s really unruly,” Spalding says. “I don’t know what happened but at some point I didn’t try to tame it and just let it go wild and it became my look.” And the bassist credits her mother with encouraging her personal style. “As much as I wanted to do something [with my hair as a teenager], she wouldn’t let me. I just had to learn to accept it. Now I really love it.”

3. She gets star struck too
She may be an up-and-coming star herself, but Spalding still gets the chills when she meets living legends. “I was a little star struck by Patti LaBelle,” she says. “Her presence is so powerful. When you meet her she’s really intense; she looks you in the eyes and she’s so comfortable in her skin. The strength of her presence took me totally off guard.”

Learn more about Esperanza here.