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This Brazilian Drag Artist Just Made History At The MTV European Music Awards

Pabllo Vittar keeps making headlines this year, whether they’re about her smash hit songs, her fashion week lewks, her political statements or all of the above, it’s her world and we’re all just living in it. The Brazilian drag queen and pop star has established herself as an important figure in pop culture, and this week her hard work was recognized at MTV’s European Music Awards, making her the first drag artist to ever win an award.

The Latin pop/electro singer made history this week at MTV’s European Music Awards. 

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Drag sensation Pabllo Vittar made history on Monday night at the award ceremony in Seville, Spain, becoming the first drag artist to win a category (“Best Brazilian Artist”) in the 25 years of the MTV European Music Awards. Vittar had been nominated for the same award in 2018. But she lost to performer, Anitta, who had won the prize for five years straight.

The singer was also the first Brazilian to ever perform at MTV’s European Music Award show.

Vittar also gave a pre-show performance, becoming the first Brazilian to perform at the event. She performed her hit song, “Flash Pose,” on the event’s red carpet. That track includes a feature by Charli XCX, who did not appear at the event.

Vittar’s music has garnered her millions of streams and views.

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With over half a billion Spotify streams and a billion YouTube views, Vittar’s sound is a mixture of Brazilian rhythms with an American pop sheen. She’s forged partnerships with superstars from around the world, dancing alongside Charli XCX in “Flash Pose” and making out with Diplo in “Então Vai.” On Instagram, she has 9 million followers–more than double the number of followers her drag idol, RuPaul has accrued on the social platform.

Vittar has become Brazil’s most famous drag queen. 

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In 2017 she was the first Brazilian artist to have three songs in Spotify’s Top 5 with ‘K.O.’, ‘Corpo Sensual’, and ‘Sua Cara’ —alongside fellow Brazilian diva Anitta. The  ‘Sua Cara’ singer has been nominated to a total of 27 awards in her career, including a Latin Grammy. Of the 27 nominations she’s received in the past two years, she won seven, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year at the Brazilian awards. 

Vittar is a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, despite living in Brazil which is known to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for people of the LGBTQ+ spectrum. 

The number of violent deaths of LGBTQ+ people in Brazil peaked in 2017 at 445 people, with researchers asserting this 30% rise on the previous year was directly related to anti-gay sentiments championed by ultraconservative politicians. Last year, 420 LBGTQ+ people were killed, including Marielle Franco, a black, bisexual, feminist Rio de Janeiro city council member; Jean Wyllys, a gay federal lawmaker, resigned from his seat due to repeated death threats. And to top it off, Jair Bolsonaro was elected president; the politician is a self-professed homophone who has said he would “rather his son die in a car accident than be gay.”

Vittar has used her global megaphone to both celebrate her identity and speak out against its horrifying dangers. 

The singer performed at the World Pride parade this year, making stops in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ontario, amongst other cities. She also performed at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The drag queen held a pocket show for about 20 minutes, where she featured some of her hits, such as “Problema seu” and “Corpo sensual 

This award marks a milestone in Vittar’s career extending her reach further into worldwide recognition. Just a few days before the EMAs, the singer celebrated her 25th birthday with the release of the first part of her trilingual album, titled 111. Effortlessly switching between languages and styles, the drag superstar flows seamlessly from her Portuguese dance-floor track ‘Amor de Que’, to her English-language, Charli XCX-assisted pop banger ‘Flash Pose’, to the irresistibly Latin-infused ‘Ponte Perra’ – sung in Spanish.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Denali Serves Disco in Kali Uchis “Telepatía” Video

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Denali Serves Disco in Kali Uchis “Telepatía” Video

Even though she was recently eliminated from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Denali is creating waves online with her lip sync videos. In her latest visual, the Mexican-American drag queen tackles Kali Uchis’ viral hit “Telepatía.”

The “Latina que Patina” made her mark on Drag Race.

Denali, the self-proclaimed “Latina que Patina,” was competing on season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. During her run on the show, she served plenty of moments that paid homage to her Mexican heritage, including a standout lip-sync dressed as Quetzalcoatl.

Denali, who is also of Jewish descent, finished in eighth place. We sadly missed out on a Denali and Valentina crossover moment because of that elimination. While we’re sure there will be an All-Stars placement in her future, she’s keeping her digital presence alive. On Denali’s YouTube channel, she’s done lip sync videos for Britney Spears’ “If U Seek Amy” and the Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up.”

Denali’s “Telepatía” video is everything.

Recently Denali released a video lip sync of Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía.” This is the perfect synergy of queer Latina power as Denali noted in her post. “Super thankful to Kali Uchis and her team at EMI Records for this opportunity!” she wrote. “Having had this song on repeat since it came out and it’s such an honor to promote for more queer Latinx queens.” Uchis is openly bisexual.

In the VHS-like visual, Denali is living her disco fantasy. There are moments that are reminiscent of Studio 54 and other stunning shots of the drag queen at the beach. Shanté, you stay!

Denali is not the only queer artist taking on Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía.” She retweeted the account @imirregulargirl who gives the sensual smash justice as well.

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5 Songs From The Week You Should Add To Your Playlist

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5 Songs From The Week You Should Add To Your Playlist

To get ready for the weekend, Latido Music has rounded up five of the best songs of the week to add to your playlists. Check out our favorites of the week below.

Jencarlos & Pitbull “Cosita Linda”

Jencarlos Canela is back with his hottest music video yet for “Cosita Linda.” The Cuban-American singer reunites with Mr. Worldwide Pitbull for the romantic reggaeton romp. Jencarlos sings sweet somethings in Spanish while getting hot-and-heavy with a beautiful model on the beach. Like a romance novel cover come to life, the hunky artist and his on-screen love interest serve plenty of body. There’s something for everyone here and that’s the true cosita linda.

Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Lunay, Brytiago, & Revol “Fantasia Sexual”

This is the freakiest playlist with “Fantasia Sexual.” Puerto Rican hitmaker Revel rounded up the heartthrobs on the rise in reggaeton for this alluring bedroom banger. Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Lunay, and Brytiago don’t hold back as they deliver their verses that are equally flirty and dirty. The music video is just as steamy with the guys admiring beautiful women in supernatural scenes. Their power of their “Fantasia Sexual” is irresistible and unmatched.

Maria Becerra & Cazzu “Animal”

Argentina’s rising pop star Maria Becerra teamed up with Cazzu, the country’s Latin trap music queen, for their collaboration “Animal.” Latin trap with a reggaeton bounce collide on this fierce girl power moment in music. Becerra and Cazzu cut loose on the song about an independent woman that’s on the prowl and living her best life. The music video is set in a futuristic jungle where the both ladies are free to roam and perrear as they please.

Dimelo Flow, Sech, Tyga & J.I. “Girl Like You”

The hitmaking producer behind Panamanian superstar Sech, Dimelo Flow, is stepping to the forefront with this debut single “Girl Like You.” Sech returns the favor by featuring on the R&B-meets-reggaeton banger with rap star Tyga and rising Nuyorican artist J.I. the Prince of N.Y. In Spanish and English, the guys try to win over the women of their dreams with lines that are just as dreamy. Dimelo and the gang get caught up in a Jumanji-like game filled with Jurassic Park dinosaurs in the wild music video.

Lauren Jauregui f/ Pabllo Vittar “Lento” (Brabo Remix)

Cuban-American superstar Lauren Jauregui teamed up with Brazil’s drag pop superstar Pabllo Vittar for a new remix of “Lento.” With Jauregui, who is openly bisexual, and Vittar together, the LGBTQ+ representation and excellence jumps out. Jauregui remains a captivating force on the track while Vittar comes through with a hypnotic performance of her own. Tainy’s original reggaeton production is given a touch of Brazil thanks to Brabo’s remix. This is the best version of Jauregui’s “Lento” yet.

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