*Shortly after her upset Grammy win over Justin Bieber for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding’s Wikipedia page took a nasty hit from rabid supporters of the 16-year-old phenom.
According to MTV.com, random facts, misstatements and taunts were added to the site and then quickly removed. After a sentence noting her victory, for example, a user added the statement, “Justin Bieber deserved it go die in a hole. Who the heck are you anyway?”
In other places, the singer’s middle name was changed to both “Justin” and “Quesadilla” and her Grammy win was written up with the addendum, “Even though no one has ever heard of her! Yay!” At the end of her biography, one user wrote, “Biber 4 Lyfe.”
Bieber himself shared in his fans’ frustration, telling MTV News on Sunday night, “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.”
Unlike the Wikipedia hackers, however, the “Baby” singer showed no bitterness whatsoever when he ran into Spalding backstage at the Staples Center. The two artists shook hands and Bieber congratulated Spalding on the victory.
“I was one of those [surprised] people,” Spalding told us backstage. “It was so unexpected, that’s the truth. I’m grateful to all my people in my big musical family that have given me so much support and help over the years. I don’t really think this is for me; it’s for all of us. And I wish they could all be here to put one finger on this with me.”
Meanwhile, Kanye West – who has no problem voicing his opinion on the worthiness of award recipients – was also taken aback by Spalding’s win.
“Damn… I can’t find the words to explain how I feel about the best new artist award… Don’t wanna say the wrong thing,” Kanye tweeted.