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Originally posted 02/06/2012 09:15AM
Call it a finger malfunction?
Madonna was supposed to be the center of attention during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, but the Queen of Pop was upstaged by her collaborator M.I.A., who flipped off the camera at one point during the performance, prompting swift apologies from the NFL and NBC.
"The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans," said Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL, according to the Associated Press.
Originally posted 02/05/2012 08:45PM
Eli Manning and Tom Brady may know their way around the football field, but Sunday night, New England Patriots and New York Giants fans could take a break from taking sides to root for the queen of the (ever intricate) stage: Go Madonna!
The Super Bowl halftime show kicked off with a royal welcome as an army of gladiators escorted the veteran performer onto Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium stage. With a diamond-studded gold crown, Madonna, 53, launched into her hit "Vogue" as the stage flashed covers of the iconic fashion magazine.
Next on the set list: her 2000 dance jam "Music." Joining her on the stage were the guys behind LMFAO – Stefan (Redfoo) and Skyler (SkyBlu) Gordy – who teamed with Madonna to sing samples from their hits, "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It."
Originally posted 03/23/2009 04:35PM
Well, that clears that up. Sort of.
Rapper M.I.A. was beside herself when reports surfaced she named her baby Ickitt. She denied it and added sarcastically she also hadn't named her child Pickit or Lickit.
Now, according to Health Department records, it turns out the boy's name at least appears to rhyme with the rest: Ikhyd.
Full name: Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman. He arrived in this world the afternoon of Feb. 11 in Los Angeles, the first child for the Sri Lanka-born M.I.A., 31, whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, and fiancé Benjamin Bronfman, 26, also a musician.
The birth came between M.I.A.'s memorable Grammy performance on Feb. 8, her original due date, and the Oscars at which her song "O Saya," from Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire, was nominated.
Originally posted 03/06/2009 07:20PM
To those Internet reports claiming M.I.A. named her 3-week-old boy Ickitt, the rapper responds: Ick!
In a humorous message on her MySpace Celebrity Blog, the "Paper Planes" songstress shot down the rumors while poking fun at a few of the more unique names bestowed upon certain celebrity kids.
"MY BABY IS NOT CALLED ICKITT, PICKIT OR LICKIT THANK YOU VERY MUCH, " she writes. "HES A BABY, HE DONT NEED PRESS!"
Explaining that she doesn't consider her son's name to be newsworthy information, M.I.A., 31, says she'll be back with something for her fans soon. "TILL THEN GO PICK ON APPLE, SATCHEL AND MOON UNIT," she suggests.
Originally posted 02/14/2009 06:00PM
One of the great mysteries surrounding this awards season – at which ceremony would Grammy and Oscar-nominated singer M.I.A. deliver her imminent baby – has been solved: she's done it between shows, thank you very much.
The London-born Sri Lankan singer, 31, gave birth to a boy in Los Angeles on Wednesday, PEOPLE has confirmed.
On her MySpace Celebrity Blog, M.I.A. writes (in all capital letters) that on Sunday night, after the Grammys, "MY EARLY STAGE LABOUR KICKED IN AROUND 2 AM … MY BABY WAS BORN WEDNESDAY, HE IS HEALTHY, FINE, BEAUTIFUL AND THE MOST AMZING THING EVER ON THIS PLANET, OF COURSE IM HIS MUM!!!"
Originally posted 02/05/2009 12:45PM
Rapper M.I.A. had better add one more person to her Grammy entourage – a doctor.
The pregnant hip-hop star, who is nominated for two awards, is scheduled to perform at the ceremony Sunday, which is also her due date.
"They say that you're often late the first time, so I'm planning to go," the mom-to-be, 31, who is engaged to musician Benjamin Brewer, tells 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."
Originally posted 12/02/2008 12:05PM
As her song "Paper Planes" soars up the charts, rapper M.I.A. is preparing for the February arrival of her first child.
Impending motherhood has already begun to mellow out the rapper, who was born Mathangi Arulpragasam. "When I sing, I have to be aware that someone can hear me inside," she tells USA Today. "It's really strange. I definitely feel less angry."
The rapper, 31, says she and her fiancé, the Exit frontman Benjamin Brewer, have not picked out baby names yet.
"I need to see the baby and see who it is, what kind of personality it'll have," she says. "I need to give a name that is the character of the child. We're quite relaxed about the whole thing."
Originally posted 10/13/2008 11:30AM
British artist M.I.A. finally put rumors to rest when she confirmed on Saturday that she is pregnant with her first child.
"I'm creating a baby," the singer, 31, told Pitchfork Media. The news came on top of the success of her single "Paper Planes."
"When I found out I was pregnant and 'Paper Planes' was in the iTunes top 10, it seemed like the whole world was reshuffled in one week, and all my plans went out the window," the artist said. "I've got two kids, that's what it feels like. And that's the lesson – you can't make plans."
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