With her nomination, performance, and victory at the MTV 2022 VMAs on Sunday, Brazilian musician Anitta created history (28 August).

The "Envolver" singer was the first representative of her country to perform any of the aforementioned actions at the venerable US awards show.

For those who don't know, tonight is history since Brazil is attending for the first time, Anitta stated in her acceptance speech after receiving the Best Latin award.

"I was born and bred in the ghetto of Brazil," the singer continued, "and tonight I sang here a beat that for many years in my country was deemed a crime."

Anitta, a Rio de Janeiro native, was probably referring to her brand of carioca funk, commonly referred to as favela funk.

Rio de Janeiro introduced legislation in the 1990s to probe funk musicians and outlaw gatherings that the government deemed to be politically anti-establishment.

According to Carlos Palombini, professor of musicology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, "the term 'funkeiro' became synonymous with 'criminal' in the media."

Throughout her music career, Anitta has also been a vocal opponent of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The leader of the far right has requested that "political demonstrations" by entertainers be banned.

The electoral justice Raul Arajo ordered that any infractions of the ban on "ostentatious and extemporaneous" electioneering by bands playing at Lollapalooza would result in a fine of 50,000 reais (about £8,000).