Congratulations are in order for Brazilian superstar Anitta.
The “Lobby” singer became the first Brazilian artist to win an MTV Video Music Awards during Sunday night’s televised ceremony. The star brought home a moonperson for “Best Latin” for her viral hit song “Envolver,” following a show-stopping performance of the same track just minutes prior. The category was highly competitive, with Latin music heavyweights such as Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Becky G and Karol G, and Daddy Yankee also nominated.
“I really didn’t expect this, I think I’m going to cry,” Anitta said on stage as she received her award. “I just want to say for those who don’t know, tonight in history is the first time that Brazil… it’s the first time that my country has given an award [like this]. I just want to say thank you to my family and my fans.”
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Anitta also referenced her humble beginnings in Brazil during her speech.
“Tonight I performed here a rhythm that in my country for many years was considered a crime,” she continued. “I was born and raised in the ghetto of Brazil, for anyone born there…we never thought it was possible, so thank you very much.”
The singer has already spoken with Harper’s Bazaar on how she approaches her art and her ways of making music.
“I love being a chameleon who wakes up every day and decides what woman she wants to be,” she said.
Bianca Betancourt is the Culture Editor of HarpersBAZAAR.com, where she covers everything music, film and TV. When she’s not writing, she loves to impulsively bake a batch of cookies, re-listen to the same early 2000s pop playlist, and follow Mariah Carey’s Twitter feed.