Entertainment Music Anitta Says the 'Victory' Is Being Nominated at the 2023 Grammys as a Brazilian Artist The Brazilian musician is up for best new artist as a first-time nominee at the 2023 Grammys By Ingrid Vasquez Ingrid Vasquez Twitter Ingrid Vasquez is a Digital News Writer at PEOPLE. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Journalism. Before joining the team, she worked as an Editor at FanSided and provided work in the celebrity and lifestyle space for brands that include Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, EW, and more. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 5, 2023 09:34 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Anitta is making the most out of the 2023 Grammys. The Brazilian superstar, 29, spoke with PEOPLE's Janine Rubenstein and Jeremy Parsons on the Grammys red carpet about her best new artist nomination and emphasized what the recognition means to her. "I'm so happy. I've said it a lot because it means a lot," explained Anitta, whose nomination in the category also makes her a first-time nominee. Grammy Awards 2023: Everything to Know About Music's Biggest Night "It's been half a century. Fifty years that Brazil is not here in a main category," she continued. "So, for me, we're making history. My whole country is watching in Brazil, waiting for this. I'm really happy. For me, the victory is to be here tonight, to be honest." Anitta's first studio album (a self-titled project) came in 2013, making her latest album, 2022's Versions of Me, her fifth. Check out PEOPLE's full Grammy Awards coverage to get the latest news on music's biggest night. "I hope with my presence here I can open room for more artists from Brazil to come here, so we don't have to wait for fifty years," Anitta told PEOPLE. "I'm really happy and it's a really long journey." RELATED VIDEO: Grammys 2023 Nominations: Beyoncé Earns 9, Ties with JAY-Z for Most of All-Time — See the Full List Anitta stressed the most important advice for aspiring artists, including Brazilian artists, is not to give up on their dreams. She echoed similar sentiments while speaking to PEOPLE at WSJ. Magazine's 12th annual Innovator Awards in November. For more on the 2023 Grammy Awards, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. "I would say to not care about what people, in general, are saying like friends in school and things like that," Anitta told PEOPLE. "I would say just be yourself, just try to find something that represents what you want to be and what you are when you look at yourself and not project you on other people, you know." The 2023 Grammy Awards are airing live on CBS and Paramount+ Sunday night from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.