Monster Mash: Esperanza Spalding triumphs over Justin Bieber; more Grammy coverage in classical, jazz

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Surprise winner: Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding won the 2011 Grammy Award for best new artist, beating the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake. (Los Angeles Times)

Envelope, please: More Grammy coverage in the fields of classical music, musical shows and jazz.

Missing treasures: Egypt’s antiquities minister said that looters have stolen 18 artifacts from Cairo’s Egyptian Museum during recent protests, including a gilded wooden statue of King Tutankhamen. (Voice of America)

Without a net: Inspectors in New York have issued two citations of safety violations to ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’ (CBS New York)


Jail time: A former Seattle gallery owner has been sentenced to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay $77,000 in restitution for conspiring with a professional burglar to steal art from his former clients. (Seattle Times)

Creative coalition: A small group of artists, playwrights and poets in Cairo give expression to Egyptians’ angers and frustrations during recent protests. (Los Angeles Times)

Racy: The National Museum of Crime and Punishment is receiving criticism for allowing couples to tour its ‘Crimes of Passion’ exhibit while handcuffed together. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Innovative: Director Wim Wenders has unveiled his new 3-D movie about the late choreographer Pina Bausch at the Berlin Film Festival. (Agence France-Presse)

Keeping time: Conductor Riccardo Muti, still recovering from a fall that injured his face, has received a pacemaker. (Reuters, via Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed on the Metropolitan Opera debut of John Adams’ ’Nixon in China'; Jasper Johns is first studio artist to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom in 34 years; art critic Christopher Knight on Lady Gaga and her giant egg.

-- David Ng