M.I.A. at Grammys

Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.’s due date was yesterday, the same day as the Grammys.
Thumbnail image for M.I.A 2.jpgNine months pregnant with singer and fiancé Benjamin Bronfman’s baby, M.I.A. was asked to peform the Grammy nominated Swagga Like Us, based on a sample of her own grammy nominated Paper Planes (from the movie Slumdog Millionaire), with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and T.I.
Standing by the adage, “The show must go on,” M.I.A. did it. Here’s a video of the performance, which made me smile all the way through, notwithstanding the annoying WorldStarHipHop.com address plastered in the middle. (YouTube posts are being deleted almost as soon as they’re up for copyright infringement. Email me if you find a better version.)…

About performing at the Grammys ready to pop, M.I.A. said, according to HuffPo:
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[S]he admitted that she worried such a performance “might induce labor.
“When I read these books on childbirth they are like, ‘If you want to induce labor, try having a game of arm wrestle with your friend.’ I am like, ‘Oh my God, my option isn’t an arm wrestle _ it’s like being onstage and with Jay-Z and Lil Wayne and Kanye and T.I.’ To me that is really exciting, to be a nine-month pregnant woman,” she said.

Now about those outfits. By all accounts I read, M.I.A.’s pre-laborious fashion statements were well received. According to Gawker:
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She kept awards-show fashion “rock and roll,” was “kinda real,” “legendary” and “fierce” on stage and committed no natal errors. Other than not taking home an award, M.I.A. had a great Grammy night.
In fact, we can confidently say the singer turned in the best-ever performance by a nine-months-pregnant artist waddling around stage in a bumble bee costume. You try doing that next to Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne and TI.

Honestly, I thought M.I.A.’s pre-awards outfit looked like a peacock-inspired tent, although I know I must bear in mind this was the Grammys not the Oscars. I did like M.I.A’s performance outfit – very cute – although I thought she took the polka dots too far by plastering them over her dierriere. Think black in back would have been more flattering.
I appreciate that M.I.A. and the music industry celebrated pregnant motherhood. Very pro-life. It appears, in fact, that M.I.A. stole the show. There was something sweet about watching M.I.A. surrounded by strong men during her performance. Emulated protectiveness.
Finally, gotta say I do wish M.I.A. were married.
[Top photo of M.I.A. courtesy of The Daily Contributor; photo of M.I.A. with fellow performers courtesy of the Associated Press; photo of M.I.A. in Grammy arrival outfit courtesy of Gawker

29 thoughts on “M.I.A. at Grammys”

  1. “I appreciate that M.I.A. and the music industry celebrated pregnant motherhood. Very pro-life”.
    Oh, I love that Swagga song! I don’t know if her performance was very “pro-life” – don’t we hear time and again on this site that “pro-life” refers to a desire to make abortion illegal? I wouldn’t assume that’s how she feels just becuase she’s preggers and proud of it! But certainly it was a celebration of pregnancy. It was great to see.

  2. I find it interesting that you are heralding M.I.A as \”Pro-Life,\” simply because she happens to be pregnant.
    M.I.A. is an EXTREMELY political artist, and many of her views definitely do not jive with the opinions required to be considered \”pro-life\” by Jill and those who frequent her webiste.
    Do a little research…

  3. Asitist, “pro-life” is the accurate term for us, exactly because we’re more than only “anti-abortion.”
    MIA fan, thanks for writing. Yes, maintaining one’s pregnancy in a world of “choice” is a pro-life gesture. I’m grateful to MIA for that.
    It’s interesting that by your comment it appears MIA is pro-choice? If you would comment with links, I’d appreciate it.
    That said, we care just as much for babies of pro-choicers as babies of pro-lifers. I’m glad MIA didn’t kill her own.

  4. “Yes, maintaining one’s pregnancy in a world of “choice” is a pro-life gesture”
    Well, if that’s true, I’m “pro life” for my two children.
    In reality, however, pro choice people have babies every day.

  5. “Yes, maintaining one’s pregnancy in a world of “choice” is a pro-life gesture”
    Well, if that’s true, I’m “pro life” for my two children.
    Posted by: Hal at February 9, 2009 12:17 PM
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    Actually, you were “pro life” for two of your four children. That would be more accurate.

  6. Yes, maintaining one’s pregnancy in a world of “choice” is a pro-life gesture.
    Posted by: Jill Stanek at February 9, 2009 12:07 PM
    Well call me pro-life then as well Jill!
    It’s also a pro-choice gesture. So call me pro-choice too!

  7. Jill,
    Do you have proof that M.I.A. is pro-life? It would seem to me that if you were going to plaster multiple images of a celebrity on a blog with your name in its title you would at least do the minimum amount of research required to make sure that her beliefs reflect your own. Or at least that this person\’s character compliments the mission of your blog\’s.
    I\’m not going to do your research homework for you, but I will tell you that lyrics in some of M.I.A.\’s songs could be seen as supportive of terrorist acts and illegal immigration, two views I doubt you want associated with your cause. She has also spoken out against George Bush\’s war.
    If all it takes to be a poster child for the pro-life movement is having a baby, Osama Bin Laden should be one of your heroes. After all, he has somewhere between 12 and 26 children, depending on the source…

  8. It was a very pro-life GESTURE. Not the same as adopting a wholly pro-life philosophy. But you all already knew that.
    M.I.A. fan, Jill did not say that M.I.A.’s personal beliefs were pro-life. She said that they (she and the music industry) were celebrating pregnant motherhood, which is evident from M.I.A.’s personal quote.

  9. MIA fan, I appreciate that you may not read my blog. I post when I see Hollywood or the music industry doing good things. It’s a display of encouragement – catch ’em being good, as they say.
    I didn’t check M.I.A.’s belief on the sanctity of human life, in the same way I didn’t check Nicole Richie’s beliefs when I posted that she and Joel Madden had created a foundation supporting new mothers in crisis.
    I wasn’t asking you to do my homework for me. It seemed important to you that it be known she is pro-choice, if that’s true, and I was just giving you the opportunity to post her thinking.
    The point of this post was not to note inconsistencies, if there are any here. I do do that, but not on this one. I just thought this was a great pop culture story.

  10. “Well, if that’s true, I’m “pro life” for my two children. – Hal”
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    yeah, Hal..and thank you for letting them live…just curious, do they know that you “chose” to have their their older sibs killed??

  11. Kel, the only thing that makes “pro-life” unique is their desire to make abortion illegal. Being pregnant is not a “pro-life” gesture.Celebrating a pregnant artist, is not a “pro-life” gesture….. particularly if the artist and those celebrating her pregnancy aren’t even “pro-life” (if that’s the case).

  12. In a culture where pregnancy is not necessarily respected, I believe that celebrating pregnant motherhood is pretty pro-life, regardless of the philosophical stance or mantras spouted by some. She, an unmarried woman, chose to continue her pregnancy, which would be ridiculed by some. Especially, dare I say, in the rap culture, where inconsequential booty calls are revered.
    BTW, it’s not unique to be pro-life, or opposed to the killing of unborn human beings…unless one lives in a perverse culture.

  13. Kel, what I meant was the desire to make abortion illegal is unique to “pro-life” and what sets it apart from other groups.
    Well, her choice to continue her pregnancy as an unmarried might be ridiculed by those that believe that a mother should be married to have a baby. But, others (like myself) are just fine with single moms or unmarried couples having babies provided they can support them. That’s clearly is not an issue here…do you KNOW who M.I.A.’s fiance is? Plus she could probably do just fine financially on her own.

  14. Well, her choice to continue her pregnancy as an unmarried might be ridiculed by those that believe that a mother should be married to have a baby. But, others (like myself) are just fine with single moms or unmarried couples having babies provided they can support them.
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    Really?? Pro-aborts like Pelosi seem to think that single moms are a financial drain on society. Their solution to “help” them is to offer birth control and abortion services. The pro-life solution, in my opinion, treats them like human beings as opposed to financial burdens.
    That’s clearly is not an issue here…do you KNOW who M.I.A.’s fiance is? Plus she could probably do just fine financially on her own.
    Posted by: asitis at February 9, 2009 2:51 PM
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    No, I don’t know who her fiance is (I see she is planning on marriage? Interesting.) and I don’t really care. I had never even heard of this woman until today.
    Even she would have to admit that the type of music genre she performs is not glorifying or uplifting to the “bi**es and hos” that it portrays. I think it’s highly unusual (and commendable) that a nine-months pregnant woman in that particular genre would perform on stage. Good for her.

  15. He’s a Bronfman. nuff said.
    As for Pelosi allegedly saying that single moms are a financial drain on society, she would obviously be referring to those that are poor and without sufficient education to get thermselves and their children out of poverty. And yes, there way too many in that boat. She would not be referring to a rock star and her Bronfman beau.

  16. yeah, Hal..and thank you for letting them live…just curious, do they know that you “chose” to have their their older sibs killed??
    Posted by: RSD at February 9, 2009 2:10 PM
    RSD, do you talk to the pro-life women on here who have had abortions like that?
    I couldn’t find anything that said anything about M.I.A being pro-life or pro-choice, however she has said herself she’s extremely liberal.. (pretty expected since she’s a rapper..)

  17. Haha! She’s fat with baby (the technical term for “pregnant”) and dancing around stage! That’s so cool!
    I’ve always thought that pregnant women are beautiful.
    And Jill, I agree with your analysis of her outfits. Her polka-dotted bum looks pretty silly.

  18. Haha! She’s fat with baby (the technical term for “pregnant”) and dancing around stage! That’s so cool!
    Posted by: Leah at February 10, 2009 12:34 AM
    Agreed. Phat with baby!

  19. Josephine…I don’t use that tone for people who have had a change of heart..
    I was merely asking if Hal ever had a chance to talk to his kids about his “choice” since he has a history of defending abortion. Face the Truth, as the slogan says.

  20. So, RSD, it’s okay to have abortions as long as after you get what you need, then you decide to be pro-life? I don’t understand. Seems like that’s worse than a pro-choicer that would never have an abortion.

  21. Josephine,
    Abortion is never, I repeat: NEVER ok.
    But, some people do and that “change of heart” happens with the realization of what they had done..to themselves and to their kids..and resolve not to do it again and become a defender of life.
    “I don’t understand. Seems like that’s worse than a pro-choicer that would never have an abortion.”
    You will never understand…unless you become open to life…natural life, natural death.

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