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53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Esperanza Spalding

The highlight of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was certainly seeing bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding accepting the award as Best New Artist in a category that included, Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford & Sons.

Spalding is the very first jazz artist to win Best New Artist in Grammy history. The following is a list of the jazz related Grammy Award nominees and winners.

Best New Artist

Esperanza Spalding

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

The Stanley Clarke Band
The Stanley Clarke Band
[Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee
Dee Dee Bridgewater
[Emarcy]

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

A Change Is Gonna Come
Herbie Hancock, soloist
Track from: The Imagine Project
[Hancock Records]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

Moody 4B
James Moody
[IPO Recordings]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard
Mingus Big Band
[Jazz Workshop, Inc./Jazz Standard]

Best Latin Jazz Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Chucho's Steps
Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers
[Four Quarters Entertainment]

Best Contemporary World Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks
Béla Fleck
[Acoustic Planet Records]

Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.

The Path Among The Trees
Billy Childs, composer (Billy Childs Ensemble)
Track from: Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz—Chamber Music Vol. 2 [ArtistShare]

Best Instrumental Arrangement
An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Carlos
Vince Mendoza, arranger (John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest)
Track from: 54
[Emarcy/Universal]

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Baba Yetu
Christopher Tin, arranger (Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra)
Track from: Calling All Dawns
[Tin Works Publishing]

Best Album Notes

Keep An Eye On The Sky
Robert Gordon, album notes writer (Big Star)
[Rhino]

Best Classical Crossover Album
Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.

Tin, Christopher: Calling All Dawns
Lucas Richman, conductor (Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

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