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Monster Mash: Esperanza Spalding triumphs over Justin Bieber; more Grammy coverage in classical, jazz

February 14, 2011 |  7:35 am

Spalding Surprise winner: Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding won the 2011 Grammy Award for best new artist, beating the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake. (Los Angeles Times)

Envelope, please: More Grammy coverage in the fields of classical music, musical shows and jazz.

Missing treasures: Egypt's antiquities minister said that looters have stolen 18 artifacts from Cairo's Egyptian Museum during recent protests, including a gilded wooden statue of King Tutankhamen. (Voice of America)

Without a net: Inspectors in New York have issued two citations of safety violations to "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (CBS New York)

Jail time: A former Seattle gallery owner has been sentenced to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay $77,000 in restitution for conspiring with a professional burglar to steal art from his former clients. (Seattle Times)

Creative coalition: A small group of artists, playwrights and poets in Cairo give expression to Egyptians' angers and frustrations during recent protests. (Los Angeles Times)

Racy: The National Museum of Crime and Punishment is receiving criticism for allowing couples to tour its "Crimes of Passion" exhibit while handcuffed together. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Innovative: Director Wim Wenders has unveiled his new 3-D movie about the late choreographer Pina Bausch at the Berlin Film Festival. (Agence France-Presse)

Keeping time: Conductor Riccardo Muti, still recovering from a fall that injured his face, has received a pacemaker. (Reuters, via Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed on the Metropolitan Opera debut of John Adams' "Nixon in China"; Jasper Johns is first studio artist to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom in 34 years; art critic Christopher Knight on Lady Gaga and her giant egg.

-- David Ng

Photo: Esperanza Spalding at the Grammy Awards in L.A. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (5)

Esperanza Spalding is 100 floors above Justin Bieber in the Tower of Song.

Who cares about a bunch of ten year old girls. I worry more about the way these girls must be being brought up since we didn't act that way over the teen idols we loved at that age. Chill out little girls. In 2 or 3 years you won't even remember why you loved Bieber. You'll have moved on to real talent.

Spalding is a step in the right direction, but far from a mature artist. Hope it does'nt stunt her growth, like too early success has done to so many others.

Don’t know history of Justin do you. He’s wanted this from a toddler watch the movies. Its his lifes work and he is the one who has worked much harder then the winner obviously or they would have seen more success.

Well, she's been famous enough to release three albums, play at the last presidential inauguration, win accolades from people like Stevie Wonder and Prince, play with some of the best jazz bandleaders, be in a Banana Republic print ad, and generally carve out a nice career for herself.


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