Esperanza Spalding Stuns Gamblers At The Grammy Awards
There have been big gambling upsets in sports. The New York Giants beating an undefeated New England Patriots team in the Super Bowl and the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey win over the USSR come immediately to mind.
No sports upset, however, can compare to what took place on the Grammy stage Sunday evening. Esperanza Spalding pulled off one of the biggest gambling upsets of all-time when she beat out Justin Bieber and Drake. The latter two are among the most popular artists in the world today.
Spalding is a jazz singer and even the musician herself was shocked when her name was announced. It was almost a given that either Drake or Bieber would take home the award. The singer, while not well known, should not have been as big of an underdog as the sports books made her out to be.
Like the USA hockey team and the Giants, those who have watched the singer perform understood that this award was well deserved. Esmeralda has toured with Prince, and performed at the White House as recently as last year. Those within the industry consider her to be among the top young jazz musicians in the world.
The Album of the Year award provided another upset. Indie-rock group Arcade Fire took the nights top award, beating out several musical heavyweights in the process. This was not a good year for bettors who wager on what appears to be a sure thing. Many of the betting favorites went down throughout the night at the Staples Center.
Yolanda Adams was part of an opening number tribute to Aretha Franklin. Adams was joined by Florence Welsh, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Hudson. Lady gaga again stole the show with her outrageous outfits and outlandish behavior during her live performance.
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