Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam is an English songwriter, recording artist, and painter that goes by the moniker M.I.A. M.I.A. stands for "missing in action" but is also a play off her own name. Her music combines the genres of hip-hop, world music, alternative, dance, and electronica. M.I.A's work has earned her 3 Grammy and 1 Oscar nominations, along with a slew of other awards and nominations. She rose to fame in the UK in 2004, and later in the US after her hit "Paper Planes" was featured on the feature film Pineapple Express.