Real name Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, M.I.A. is the moniker of the  British recording artist, songwriter, painter and director. We're sure glad she isn't "Missing in Action," you know? Because we like her face? Sorry, too easy.

M.I.A. first came on the scene in 2000, with music that is a unique mix of electronic, dance, alternative, hip-hop and world music. It wasn't until 2004 that she started to get some attention, with the singles 'Sunshowers' and 'Galangm' hitting the UK and Canada charts and #11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales. Since then, she's been nominated for Oscars, Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.

Her smash single 'Paper Planes' made it all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, remember:

In 2009 M.I.A. declined People Magazine's offer to be included on their list of Most Beautiful People, remarking that "Mother Teresa was never on the list." Well, she's on her list, for sure. Check out her site to see what she's up to now, and keep tabs on her tour dates.

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