Drag superstar Pabllo Vittar won the “Best Brazilian Artist” category, but the presence of the Latin pop/electropop singer represents much more than that as the queen became the first Brazilian to perform, and the first drag artist to win an astronaut statue in the almost 25 year existence of the MTV European Music Awards.
Brazil’s most famous drag queen, this multi-talented performer breaks streaming records and worldwide is the most followed drag queen on Instagram.
She is an advocate for the LGBT+ community in her home country and manages to be in the top of the charts, despite Brazil being recognised as one of the most dangerous countries for LGBT+ people in the world.
Pabllo started to gather mainstream attention in early 2017 when she released her first album Vai Passar Mal, with Brazilian hit sensations, ‘K.O.’ and ‘Corpo Sensual’.
In 2017, she was the first Brazilian artist to have three songs in the Spotify top 5 (‘K.O.’, ‘Corpo Sensual’ and ‘Sua Cara’) and in 2018, her second album, Não Para Não, was the most-streamed album in the first 24 hours with more than three million plays. In 2018, she became the first Brazilian artist to present ‘Beauty Secrets’ by American Vogue. In the past two years, she was nominated for 27 awards, including a Latin Grammy (first drag queen nominated for a Grammy Award).
Of those, she won seven, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year at the Brazilian awards. The Brazilian queen also performed in this year’s New York Pride.
Last Friday, November 1st (also Vittar’s 25th birthday) Pabllo dropped 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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