Enraged Justin Bieber fans will never read this, so I can write freely without safety concerns.
But, if Bieber fans -- particularly the twitter-mob that attacked Esperanza Spalding for having the temerity to win the Best New Artist Grammy -- are reading this (and I know they aren't), may I clarify some confusion about the instrument involved? Esperanza doesn't play a "big violin." Nor is she a "freak" for choosing to play the "big violin."
Women have been playing the "big violin" -- aka the bass -- for years. Orin O'Brien, a bassist with the New York Philharmonic since the '60s, is tops in the field of classical music. Tal Wilkenfeld, an amazing young guitarist, performs with Jeff Beck. Suzi Quatro is a huge talent.
And very nice crossword-y names, thank you very much: ORIN, TAL and SUZI.
Esperanza Spalding has taken bass playing and performance to a new and exciting level. Totally deserving of the Best New Artist Grammy. To the Bieber fans who aren't reading this -- Justin wasn't robbed from the Petri Dish. Spalding won, fair and square.
A YouTube comment sums it up:
Thank you for winning the Grammy.
Signed: The Human Race.