March 30, 1993 (30)
Larissa de Macedo Machado, better known by her stage name Anitta, is a Brazilian singer and songwriter. Due to the success of the song “Meiga e Abusada” released in 2012, she signed a contract with Warner Music Brazil the following year.
In 2013, Anitta spent longer at the top of iTunes in Brazil than any other singer. She was elected by the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte (APCA) as the revelation of the year in music in 2013. She is a five-time winner of the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Brazilian Act on the MTV Europe Music Awards, and was the first Brazilian artist to win the Best Latin American Act award. In 2017, she was ranked as one of the most influential celebrities in social media according to Billboard.
In a vibrant trajectory marked by sizzling collaborations and genre-bending music, Anitta stands as a maverick in the global pop industry. The first glimmering brushstroke on this vivid canvas of partnerships was with J Balvin in 2017 on “Downtown”, a sensual reggaeton number that painted the duo as the new rulers of Latin pop. Soon after, in 2018, Anitta continued her journey with Major Lazer (record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums) on the track “Sua Cara”, a high-energy, electronic fusion that solidified her rising international star. In the same year, she tangoed with the Colombian sensation Maluma for the seductive track “Sim Ou Não”, a coupling that was equally appreciated for its tantalizing music video as much as its catchy tune.
Anitta’s ability to morph across music genres was further evidenced in 2019, when she united with Swae Lee, of the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, for the hit single “Poquito”. It was a masterstroke, successfully blending her Latin roots with the American rapper’s hip-hop prowess. Moving into 2020, she dazzled alongside the legendary Madonna in the song “Faz Gostoso”, infusing the chart-topping album “Madame X” with her effervescent charm and Brazilian funk influences. Lastly, in 2021, Cardi B and Myke Towers joined her for the infectious “Me Gusta.”
In 2013, her self-titled debut album “Anitta”, exploded onto the charts, earning a diamond certification in her home country of Brazil. This early success was only the beginning of her trajectory, with the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards bestowing upon her the title of “Best Brazilian Act” – a remarkable feat in her career. In 2018, her relentless energy and innovation were recognized when she won the “Latin Music Italian Awards” for Best Latin Female Video with her song “Medicina”. Anitta’s talent for transcending borders was further acknowledged in 2020, when she was crowned “Hitmaker of the Year” by Variety magazine. A year later, in 2021, her groundbreaking concert at the Rock in Rio music festival had millions on their feet, and earned her an MTV EMA for “Best Latin America South Act”.