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M.I.A.

Sri Lankan hip-hop artist M.I.A. is known for her antics as much as her unique style of music. She most recently stirred up controversy for her Super Bowl halftime performance, where she flipped off the crowd while on stage. From drug references in “Paper Planes” to the gangster lifestyle depicted in “Bad Girls” featured above, M.I.A. incorporates themes that are usually taboo, especially for female artists. However, by being unafraid of being unconventional, she has garnered respect from peers, praise from critics, and even been nominated for an Academy award.