“I had no clue what was going to happen; I worked really hard these past few years and you know, I’m not going to lie — I was disappointed. But, you know, I’m gonna come back [next year] and we’ll take a few home.”
-Canadian singing sensation and newly-minted film star Justin Bieber, commenting on his loss in the Best New Artist category at Sunday night’s (February 13) 53rd Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 16-year-old singer faced stiff competition for Best New Artist from the likes of Drake, Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine, but many expected that Bieber would be walking away with the hardware. In the end, he lost out to winner Esperanza Spalding, a bassist who has been making an impact in the jazz world for years and who was a relative unknown among pop fans.
Still, just because he failed to walk out with an award doesn’t mean that the night was a bust. Bieber’s performance (with an assist from Usher and Jayden Smith) was one of the most talked-about of the evening, and the singer himself felt extremely good about the work he put forth on stage. “I got a standing O, which was amazing,” he told MTV News’ Sway backstage after the show had wrapped. “Usher and Jayden did incredible, and I’m really excited. Tonight was an amazing night.”
And because he’s already a pro, Bieber went out of his way to pay his respects to Spalding after the show, and let his fans know that it wasn’t the end of the world. “Bieber fans, don’t get too upset,” he laughed. “Be happy.”