Anitta's nomination, performance, and win at MTV's 2022 Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday made history (28 August).
After performing her hit song "Envolver" on Sunday, Ashley Graham gave the artist the award for best Latin music.
The singer of "La Loto" is the first Brazilian artist to win the best Latin award in the 38-year history of the show.
Anitta gave a speech after she won the award for Best Latin. She said, "For anyone who doesn't know, tonight is history, because it's the first time Brazil has been here."
The singer said, "Tonight I played a rhythm here that was illegal in my country for many years. I was born and raised in Brazil's ghetto."
Anitta, who was born in Rio de Janeiro, was probably talking about her funk carioca style, which is also called "favela funk."
Anitta asked the VMAs, "Did you think I wasn't going to shake my booty tonight?" The "Dancarina" singer was soon joined by a group of dancers who moved to the same funky dance beat as she did.
Anitta has been vocal about disliking President Jair Bolsonaro throughout her career. The leader of the far right has recently asked that "political demonstrations" by performers be made illegal.
The singer once talked to Harper's BAZAAR about how she makes music and how she approaches her art. "I love being a chameleon who chooses who she wants to be every day," she said.