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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

    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.

    Vince Mendoza, arranger (John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest)
    Track from: 54

    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)

    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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