M.I.A. inducted into Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Mathangi Arulpragasam—generally identified by her stage identify M.I.A.—was not too long ago named a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), one of many highest honors British citizen can obtain. Arulpragasam was one in all a number of inducted into the order throughout the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours which observe those that have made vital strides in areas similar to medication, philanthropy, and the humanities with the “Paper Planes” rapper award being a results of her contributions to music.

Arulpragasam accepted the award in dedication to her mom in response to a press release posted to her Instagram:

“I’m honoured to have this honour, because it means alot to my Mother. I wish to honour what my mum spent many hours of her life doing!

She is likely one of the two ladies in England who hand stitched these medals for the final 30 years”


Other notable names honoured this 12 months included tv character Bear Grylls and the legendary New Wave singer and songwriter Elvis Costello.

Photo Credit: Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

H/T: Pitchfork