Saturday, May 2, 2009

M.I.A. included in The 2009 TIME 100

M.I.A. @ Connect, originally uploaded by joevl.

Rapper M.I.A., (Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam), songwriter, record producer, singer, fashion designer and artist of Sri Lankan Tamil origin has been named one of the world's most influential people (The 2009 TIME 100) by Time magazine.

M.I.A. had contributed songs for A. R. Rahman's music score for the Oscar winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, which included the collaboration for the song "O... Saya", and releasing the soundtrack in late 2008 via her record label N.E.E.T. In 2009, "O... Saya" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Maya Arulpragasam has been named alongside US President Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, Hillary Clinton, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey on the list. M.I.A. made her first entry in Time magazine's annual list of the planet's top 100 influential figures.

Other stars on the list include Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Zac Efron, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, and A.R. Rahman and golfer Tiger Woods.

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