M.I.A. nominated for Record of The Year

Record Of The Year nominees at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards…

(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • Paper Planes


Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer

Track from: Kala


  • Chasing Pavements


Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineers/mixers

Track from: 19

[XL Recordings/Columbia]

  • Viva La Vida


Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers

Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

[Capitol Records]

  • Bleeding Love

Leona Lewis

Simon Cowell, Clive Davis & Ryan "Alias" Tedder, producers; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan "Alias" Tedder, engineers/mixers

[J Records/SYCO Music]

  • Please Read The Letter

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer

Track from: Raising Sand


MIND F Rabble Rousers! Let’s hope to see M.I.A. with Switch and Diplo at that podium come February. It would be worth the price of the acceptance speech alone YES!!! M.I.A. M.I.A. M.I.A. M.I.A…..

M.I.A. — "Paper Planes"

I usually don't give a shit about the Grammys but must admit I was thrilled to find this email in my inbox this morning. I have been gushing about M.I.A. for some time and it seems mainstream audiences didn't get around to her killer, genre-hopping, world-flavored, lady gangsta single "Paper Planes," and the equally awesome album Kala, until the song was used recently in the Pineapple Express trailer. Perhaps exposure on the Grammys broadcast — somebody still watches, right? — will increase her profile. M.I.A. is one of the most exciting and brilliant young artists on the global stage. She should be playing arena not tiny little sold-out club on Frenchmen Street, which was the case this year at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Here's my review of Kala, which topped my Top 10 Albums of 2007 tally.

"Paper Planes" went No. 1 on my Top 30 Songs of 2007 list.

Here's the press release:

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