M.I.A. is a name and a group of initials that have become very big in the music and movie business this past year. But all of that may have been overshadowed by M.I.A’s performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Not necessarily because of what M.I.A. performed, but because she performed it on the night she was projected to give birth. The nine-months pregnant M.I.A. still went on with the show, making even more headlines in an already star-making year for her.
M.I.A, born Mathangi Arulpragasm, became a genre-defying artist as far back as several years ago. The indie star became a musician after moving from Sri Lanka at a young age, due to her father’s involvement with a militant independence group. The 31-year-old M.I.A built a reputation in indie music circles, which blew up around the rest of the world in 2008.
M.I.A would have her hit song be a big part of not one, but two movies – in a way. Pineapple Express, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogan’s action-stoner comedy, used M.I.A’s newest hit “Paper Planes” as the song for its debut trailer. The song did wonders for the trailer, making Pineapple Express even more heavily anticipated.
When Pineapple Express was finally released, many critics expressed disappointment that “Paper Planes” was not actually in the movie itself, after it played such a part in the movie’s ads and trailers.
But M.I.A. and “Paper Planes” would return to movies in the biggest way possible just a few months later. “Paper Planes” actually appeared in the soundtrack for a little movie called Slumdog Millionaire.
Set in India, where M.I.A. lived for a time after moving from Sri Lanka, Slumdog Millionaire won the hearts of audiences and critics in part because of its stirring soundtrack of both original and pop songs.
With “Paper Planes” as a part of that soundtrack, M.I.A. won even more fame in 2008 from both music and movie fans. “Paper Planes” got another big showcase as part of the song “Swagga Like Us” which was performed at the Grammys.
M.I.A. overshadowed the song and the other artists by performing it, even though she looked ready to give birth then and there. It was perhaps the most talked about moment of Grammy night, other than Chris Brown’s arrest.
M.I.A. is not actually the first person to rap while pregnant on TV, however. Though M.I.A. shared the stage with the likes of Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne, Amy Poehler did a live comedy rap for none other than Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live in October. Poehler was eight months pregnant at the time, but gave birth to her baby exactly one week after her Palin rap.
Actress Archives- “M.I.A. Makes Performing Pregnant Cool” www.actressarchives.com/news.php
YouTube- “Video MIA Still Pregnant” www.youtube.com/watch
NME.com- “M.I.A” www.nme.com/artists/mia#biography