M.I.A. is pregnant and nominated for a pair of Grammys. Like, nine months pregnant and maybe ready to deliver her first child any day, and nominated for Record of the Year for “Paper Planes” and Best Rap Song for “Swagga Like Us.” So, what is she going to do on Sunday?
Stay at home with her feet kicked up, eating Chunky Monkey with some bone marrow drizzled on top? Watch the whole thing go down on TV with producing pal Diplo and her baby’s dad Ben Brewer with a celebratory glass of sparkling pomegranate juice on ice, in case she wins?
Nope, Maya Arulpragasam, who is also nominated for an Oscar for her contribution to the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack, “O … Saya,” is not only going to the Grammys, she’s going to perform. Let me reiterate this: her due date is … Sunday.
“They say that you’re often late the first time, so I’m planning to go” to the show, the 31-year-old told USA Today. “We’ll see. People are trying to get me to relax and focus on the baby. It’s like being in parallel universes.” Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure she’ll be the first nine months pregnant singer to perform on the show, but don’t tell M.I.A. that being a mom is any excuse to shelve your swagga. “Having a baby is the most creative thing you can do,” she said. “It makes you re-learn the world through a child’s eyes.”
She plans on performing at the Oscars on February 22 as well. Dave Chappelle, get some kid-friendly material ready.