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 Machine, JUSTIN 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 longlist, and 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.