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Grammy shockers 101: Everything you really need to know about Arcade Fire andEsperanza Spalding
At Sunday night's Grammy awards, two very talented acts took their places in award show upset history.
Indie darlings and The Woodlands-connected Arcade Fire stunned the establishment by proving that good music could actually snag Album of the Year glory. And unsung jazz artist Esperanza Spalding unleashed the wrath of Justin Bieber fans by nabbing the high honor of Best New Artist (the first time in 35 years a jazz musician had earned such a nod).
But aside from inspiring quivers in the hearts of hipsters, who the heck is Arcade Fire? And why the hell should tween dream Justin Bieber graciously concede a title largely assumed his to Esperanza Spalding?
We've compiled a brief primer for the unknowing on both artists, and it's as easy as pushing the play button. Not only can you curb your venom, but you can be the music messiah amongst your friends.
Enlighten them with your know-how heroics while broadening their horizons. You humanitarian you.
And read more CultureMap next time. We're been touting Arcade Fire as a must-listen almost since we came into existence.
Arcade Fire, "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)"
Arcade Fire, "Intervention"
Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs"
Arcade Fire, "Month of May"
Esperanza Spalding, "Winter Sun"
Esperanza Spalding, "Precious"
Esperanza Spalding, "Fall In"
Esperanza Spalding, "Little Fly"