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Awards Season Hits Oregon

Esperanza Spalding snags her fourth Grammy, and Literary Arts announces the 2020 Oregon Book Award finalists.

By Conner Reed January 27, 2020

Esperanza Spalding performed at the jazz festival Alfa Jazz Fest on June 26, 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine

Welcome to awards season: Laika’s cleaning up, Brad’s acting outand we’re walking the razor’s edge between happy for William Eyelash and devastated for our queer cowboy king. 

At last night’s Grammy ceremony, hometown hero Esperanza Spalding (clad in an electric green jumpsuit that screamed “LIFE FORCE” in bold letters and looked like a Hollister graphic tee got an MFA—this is a compliment) scooped up the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy for 2018’s excellent 12 Little Spells. It was her fourth win—the first was back in 2011, when she set the internet on fire by beating Mumford & Sons, Florence and the MachineJUSTIN BIEBER, and DRAKE(!!!!) for Best New Artist. Check out her acceptance speech below. 

In exciting news for people who still “read” ““books,”” they make awards for those too! This morning, Literary Arts announced its annual list of 35 finalists for the Oregon Book Awards. Titles include Kimberly King Parsons’ Black Light, which also snagged a spot on the National Book Award longlistand Karen Thompson Walker’s lyrical sci-fi hit The Dreamers 

The winners will be announced on April 27 at the Armory, at an event hosted by former winners Omar El Akkad and Elena Pasarillo. Check out the full list of finalists here. 

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