Revealed in the Queen's annual birthday honours list, Mathangi Arulpragasam, AKA M.I.A., has been awarded an MBE for her services to music.
M.I.A. shared the news in an Instagram post, where she revealed her mother "was one of the 2 women in England who hand stitched these medals for the last 30 years."
M.I.A.’s most recent album, 'AIM', was released in 2016 and featured a collaboration with Skrillex.
Last year, M.I.A. featured in Diplo's documentary, Florida to California, about his career to date.
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I'm honoured to have this honour, as it means alot to my Mother. I want to honour what my mum spent many hours of her life doing! She is one of the 2 women in England who hand stitched these medals for the last 30 years. After receiving asylum my mum and cousin took this job in 1986, because it was the only non English speaking manual labour she could find. She spent her life in England hand sewing 1000s of medals for the Queen. No matter how I feel or what I think , my Mother was extremely proud of the job she had. It's a very unique situation for me where I get to honour her most classiest minimum wage job ever. #TAMIL #UKTAMIL #REFUGEE survival story. #LIFECYCLES. #whomademymedal