Picks and Pans Review: Spotlight on Grammy Breakout...Esperanza Spalding

updated 03/07/2011 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/2011 01:00AM

ON BECOMING THE FIRST JAZZ MUSICIAN TO WIN BEST NEW ARTIST

I'm still in disbelief! I hope that a bit of this spotlight that's on me right now will also illuminate other things that are happening in the genre. But the world doesn't have to know who I am-I also love just playing in a piano bar.

ON ONLINE BACKLASH FROM JUSTIN BIEBER FANS

It's all good. People are always going to say something. You don't do music to have people write nice things on your Facebook page. I think [Bieber] is an incredibly talented person. I met him backstage and I thought, "Okay, this is a good dude."

ON OPENING FOR PRINCE LAST DECEMBER

It was inspiring. My knees tremble in his wake as a musician. He taught me a lot about having complete vision and how to command a band. He moves his elbow, the band knows what to do!

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