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THE GRAMMYS: Hello, Esperanza Spalding!

Esperanza Spalding arrives at the 2010 BET Awards

Esperanza Spalding arrives at the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (June 27, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

At first look, Esperanza Spalding's Best New Artist Grammy nomination seems like a shock, but not for the reason most expect.

The 26-year-old jazz phenom's "Chamber Music Society" is certainly lovely, especially "Little Fly," where she sets a William Blake poem to music. She actually has "Next Norah Jones" written all over her, a young singer/instrumentalist who embraces older styles. The question is whether she's "new," since her 2008 album "Esperanza" actually spent more than a year on the jazz charts.

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