And the winners are………….
The surprise winner was Esperanza Spalding who beat Justin Bieiber, Mumford & Sons, Drake, Florence and the Machine to the awards for BEST NEW ARTIST.
In the Jazz categories there were awards for The Stanley Clarke Band, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock (receiving his award above- picture from blogger ElementsofJazz), the Mingus Big Band, James Moody, and Chucho Valdes.
The Traditional Blues Award went to Pinetop Perkins, and Contemporary Blues to Buddy Guy. Mavis Staples won an award for Best Americana Album
FULL LISTINGS OF GRAMMY 2011 NOMINEES AND WINNERS
And here’s our London Jazz Festival review of Esperanza Spalding, whose April Barbican gig was close to selling out even before this news.