M.I.A. dedicates MBE to her mother who hand-sewed medals for the Queen

"It's a very unique situation for me where I get to honour her most classiest minimum wage job ever"


Words by: Billy Ward

British rapper and pop icon M.I.A has been named as an MBE in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours for her ‘services to music’.

“I’m honoured to have this honour, as it means a lot to my Mother,” M.I.A. wrote about the award on a recent Instagram post. “She spent her life in England hand sewing 1000’s of medals for the Queen. No matter how I feel or what I think, my Mother was extremely proud of the job she had”.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry given to important contributors to the arts and sciences, as well as charitable and public service work. “I want to honour what my mum spent many hours of her life doing!”, the pop star added.

MIA’s illustrious career has produced five albums and two EPs, exploring life as a refugee in the UK through a plethora of  politically potent songs, as well as producing hits such as ‘Paper Planes’ and ‘Bad Girls’.

Related: Read the Dummy guide to M.I.A.

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