Esperanza Spalding shocked everyone last night at the Grammy Awards when she took home the “Best New Artist” Grammy. Spalding has been making headlines in the jazz world before her 2006 debut solo album, “Junjo,”and President Obama selected her to perform at the Oslo City Hall when he accepted his 2009 Nobel Prize, as well as at a White House poetry jam.
If you haven’t heard of Spalding before last night’s shocker, here’s what we found out about the classically trained jazz/chamber music fusion musician and singer from PEOPLE.
1. She doesn’t own a TV, but loves 30 Rock
“I don’t have a television because I’m never home,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m usually traveling overseas but whenever I have an Internet connection I do my catch up on 30 Rock and have a good laugh. It’s one of my favorite shows.”
2. Her hair is all natural – and all hers
“When I was little my hair was my worst enemy because I have so much of it and it’s really unruly,” Spalding says. “I don’t know what happened but at some point I didn’t try to tame it and just let it go wild and it became my look.” And the bassist credits her mother with encouraging her personal style. “As much as I wanted to do something [with my hair as a teenager], she wouldn’t let me. I just had to learn to accept it. Now I really love it.”