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Anitta during the Latin Grammy performance in Las Vegas. Photo: Instagram Anitta
Anitta during her Latin Grammys performance in Las Vegas. Photo: Instagram- Anitta

Anitta talks about her first Grammy nomination

The Brazilian funk singer told Billboard that her nomination for Best New Artist has allowed her to show the essence of Brazil through her music.

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Anitta has a 12-year career in music and has only recently made an impact in the U.S. market. That's why her recent Grammy nomination was a pleasant surprise while she was presenting the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas. 

"It's so different, it's so difficult for me to get to this other level, to jump to another market and work in it; that for me is a new artist, because for me it's a new career, starting from zero," said the singer in the interview.

Little by little, she has included small fragments in Portuguese to her songs so that international audiences become more familiar with her culture. 

"Personally, I understand that this whole moment was like building the foundation to be able to present my culture," said Anitta, referring to the challenge of presenting herself outside her country.

She also recounted that the last time a Brazilian artist was in the place she is now, was in 1964, when Astrud Gilberto got nominated for Best New Artist after the success of "The Girl from Ipanema." 

"Now I sing my own version of that song with 'Girl From Rio,'" she said of a song off her 2022 LP Versions Of Me.

The artist revealed that she is working on a funk album that will fully showcase the sounds and style of her homeland. In addition, she hopes to win the Grammy to continue to make more of Brazil known to the world.

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