Dear Angry Justin Bieber fans everywhere:
I for one am glad that Esperanza Spalding won the award for Best New Artist, instead of Justin Bieber.
Firstly, this shows that the academy maintains it's integrity and does not vote for individual musicians (or in Justin Bieber's case, performers) on the basis of their overall popularity. I trust that the academy has recognized that Esperanza Spalding possesses significant talent to be worthy of the award (if you're not convinced, visit her website below). Yes, Justin Bieber is more popular, but this does not mean that he is more a talented musician- contrary to popular belief, hoards of pre-teen girls wanting to cut and frame a loch of a star's hair does not speak to that individual's skill level. In fact, if popularity were the sole criteria, the Beatles' only competition would be Elvis Presley for most of the awards.
Secondly, I am glad that the academy apparently does not care how much media attention one gets throughout the year. Yes, Justin Bieber has received more media coverage, mostly because of his age, but the media (and his fans alike) do not get to vote for him- the Academy does, and they do so objectively.
Thirdly, I am glad to see someone win Best New Artist when that person composes music other than bubble-gum pop. This is truly a lesson for those interested in composing music- if you want to make money, but sound like everyone else on the Top 40 then enter the pop-world- if you are not concerned about money but would rather be valued and evaluated on the basis of your talent as a musician then do anything else but pop.
Finally, Jazz is a type of music that does not die. Pop, on the other hand, does. 10 years from now people will still be happy to own Jazz music...they'll just make sure that it rests in front of the dusty Justin Bieber album.