Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.’s due date was yesterday, the same day as the Grammys.
Nine 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:
[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:
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