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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1980

Sri Lankan Rapper MIA Nominated for Prestigious Grammy and Oscar Awards

New York, 27 January, (Asiantribune.com): Maya Arulpragasam, better known as MIA, has become the first Asian woman to be nominated for both Gammy and Oscar Awards which are considered the highest prestigious awards in the world of Music and Cinema. Sri Lankan origin  Maya Arulpragasam better known as MIASri Lankan origin Maya Arulpragasam better known as MIA

Maya's nomination in the Grammy Award is in the 'Record of the Year' category for her single Paper Planes. The five nominees for the award are: 'Chasing Pavements' - Adele; 'Viva la Vida'- Coldplay; 'Bleeding Love'-Leona Lewis; 'Paper Planes' - M.I.A and; 'Please Read the Letter' Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Maya has also been nominated for an Oscar in the category 'Film Songs' for 'O Saya' in the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' along with A.R. Rahman. The Oscar is awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the highest award in the film industry. Normally five nominations are made to each of the 21 categories for which nominations are made. The nominations for the 81st award were announced on the January 22nd .

The award ceremony will take place on the 22nd February at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood when the result of the voting by the 5810 members of the academy will be announced.

The award ceremony will be telecast by the ABC Television. There are three nominations for the best cinematic song. The are, "own to Earth"from "ALL-E"(Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel; "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Glazer and "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyrics by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam Maya with her father Arular ArudpragasamMaya with her father Arular Arudpragasam

Meanwhile, the 51st Annual Grammy awards nominations were announced on the December 3rd at a special concert shown on the CBS Television in the USA.

The award ceremony, considered the most prestigious in the music industry, will take place at the Staples Centre, Los Angles, and California on the February 8. The concert and the ceremony will be broadcast life by the CBS Television who is the main organizers of the event when one of the above five will be selected for the award. In the music world, a nomination for the Grammy Award itself is considered a great achievement and honor.

- Asian Tribune -

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