Justin Beiber fans began an attack on Esperanza Spalding on Sunday after the brilliant jazz performer beat Justin the hitmaker for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
The musically gifted but not wildly popular bassist and singer was the surprise winner of the accolade, beating more established competitors Bieber, Drake, Florence and the MAChine and Mumford and Sons to walk away with the title at the Los Angeles ceremony.
The Grammy upset sparked outrage among the teenage pop sensation’s devotees, prompting them to seek revenge on Spalding’s Wikipedia.com profile by posting nasty messages on the page, which is edited by members of the public.
After an introductory note about Spalding’s big win, one furious fan wrote: “JUSTIN BIEBER DESERVED IT GO DIE IN A HOLE. WHO THE HECK ARE YOU ANYWAY?”
Another, more obscene insult read: “SHE IS F**KING RETARD (sic) THAT NO ONE HAS HEARD OF SO B**CH PLEASE DIE!” The rude additions were promptly removed by Wikipedia officials, but not before news of the website vandalism had spread across the internet.
Interestingly, Beiber was singing live at the Grammys and was anything but sensational – clearly outclassed by just about every other live performance. It was good to see that the people who decide the winners of the Grammys do not simply translate sales $ into awards but look for musical talent as well.