Bad Gyal has risen this Sunday with the European Music Award (EMA) of the MTV network for “best Spanish artist”, a popular vote award in which Rosalía has prevailed, among other important nominees.
Specifically, the Catalan artist has prevailed as the winner in a strong list of applicants completed by the aforementioned author of “motomami“, by Fito & Fitipaldis, by Quevedo (co-interpreter of the hit “stay“, which recently reached world number 1 on Spotify) and by Dani Fernández, who has just received the Ondas for musical phenomenon of the year and the Los40 award for “best artist”.
Real name Alba Farelo (Vilasar del Mar, Barcelona, 1997), this performer and composer abandoned her job as a baker and her Fashion Design studies to start a musical career as Bad Gyal (which in Caribbean slang means “bad girl”).
Converted into one of the ambassadors of the “dancehall” style in Spain, which mixes with trap and reggaeton, she thus went from being “the rare one” who listened to music without much prestige in Spain to put herself at the center of the hurricane from 2016 with songs like “Pai”, a Catalan version of Rihanna and Drake’s “Work”.
Their popularity began to grow thanks to records like “Slow wine” (2016) and, above all, “Worldwide Angel” (2018), which were more recently followed by the EP “Warm Up” (2021) and the mixtape “Sound System: The Final Releases” (2021).
With hits like “Flow 2000”, “Alocao”, “Zorra”, “Blin Blin”, “New York” or “Tot*”Bad Gyal has made a personal brand of using provocative lyrics to turn the machismo and misogyny present in urban music on its head and turn sex into a form of female empowerment.
Anitta, best Latin artist
For his part, Anitta has been proclaimed this Sunday as the best Latin artist of the MTV EMAs.
In a recorded video, the interpreter and composer has thanked her followers for this award that the actors Luis Gerardo Méndez and the Spanish have been in charge of revealing during the gala Miguel Angel Silvestre.
The Brazilian, the only Latin artist who has won an award at this ceremony, has imposed itself in a high-level category to which the Spanish Rosalía, the Puerto Rican Bad Bunny, the American Becky G and the Colombians J Balvin and Shakira also aspired.
born as Larissa de Macedo Machado (Rio de Janeiro, 1993), his triumph is a story of overcoming from very humble origins to forging a career as one of the great stars of Brazil that has transcended the borders of his country with five studio albums, from the initial ” Anitta” (2013) to the most recent “Versions of Me” (2022).
In fact, this recognition from MTV comes after becoming the first Latina woman in the world to reach number 1 on the Spotify world chart thanks to “Envolver”, the same song that earned her the “Envolver” award last August.best latin video” at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), the sister awards to the EMAs that MTV produces in the US.
Likewise, Anitta has managed to revalidate the same distinction that she received just a week ago in Spain in The40 Music Awardswhere she became one of the great protagonists of the gala for her insinuating hip dance in front of the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz-Ayuso.
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Bad Gyal prevails over Rosalía as best Spanish artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards