Larissa de Macedo Machado, more famous as Anitta, is a Brazilian recording artist, songwriter, actor, dancer, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she began singing in a church choir at a young age. She borrowed her stage name, ‘Anitta,’ from the central character in a popular TV miniseries, ‘Presença de Anita.’ When she was 17, her YouTube video was appreciated by a producer at ‘Furacão 2000’ and she was offered a recording contract. After a few singles and her hit song, ‘Meiga e Abusada,’ she signed with ‘Warner Music Group.’ Her debut single for this label, ‘Show das Poderosas,’ became Brazil’s most watched video with over 130 million views on YouTube. Her three studio albums, ‘Anitta,’ ‘Reitmo Pefeito’ and ‘Bang,’ were released in three successive years, two of which achieved platinum certification and made her one of Brazil’s biggest stars. Anitta received the honor of performing at ‘Latin Grammy Awards’ (2014) and at the opening ceremony of ‘2016Summer Olympics.’ She has earned a number of prestigious awards, including the ‘MTV Europe Music Awards.’ She was named by ‘Billboard’ as 15th most influential artist in world in social networks. She is married to businessman Thiago Magalhães.

Anitta was born on March 30, 1993, in Rio de Janeiro, to Mauro Machado and Miriam Macedo. She is younger of the two children with elder brother Renan Machado, who is her artistic producer. She is of African- Brazilian-European mix descent. Anitta grew up in the impoverished neighborhood of Honório Gurgel in Rio de Janeiro and her mother raised the two children as single parent.

At the age of 8, she began singing in the ‘Santa Luzia Church Choir.’ She took lessons in English as well as dancing when she was 11. Anitta joined a technical school and completed an administration course by the age of 16. The next year she was named as ‘Revelation of the Year in Music’ by APCA (Associação Paulista de Criticos de Arte) [In the Source reference, there is discrepancy over the year] and turned towards a career in music.

During 2011 – 2012, Anitta was in a relationship with Mr. Thug of ‘Bonde da Stronda.’ Later, she dated actor-model Pablo Morais. She married businessman Thiago Magalhães on November 17, 2017.

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