M.I.A. Says Baby Was ‘Getting His Swagga On’ During Grammys

Pregnant MC also discusses her 'Slumdog Millionaire' Oscar nomination on the red carpet.

Before a very pregnant M.I.A. graced the stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 8), she told us her baby was poised to be a hip-hop star. That makes sense, because he’s already hit the stage with Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. and Lil Wayne (not to mention his MC mom) for their “Swagga Like Us” performance .

“He’s getting ready for Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. So far, so good,” she said on the Grammy red carpet . “I just don’t know what labor is. It’s my first baby. So I’m not walking around going, ‘Maybe this is it.’ The baby is just moving around, getting his swagga on.”

On top of her performance, the mom-to-be was up for Record of the Year for her hit “Paper Planes” but lost out to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. She still has a chance to win at the Oscars for her contribution to the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack.

“I don’t know about the dance sequence,” she told MTV News of the flick. “I told ['Slumdog' director] Danny [Boyle] to lose it.”

She thought the dance took away from the “gritty stuff,” which was what the rapper most related to. “I told him, ‘Don’t make it too Bollywood. Don’t give in.’ I like all the gritty stuff in the beginning, ’cause that’s kind of what I identify with, ’cause I lived in India. For me, it was more identifiable.

” ‘Slumdog’ is just amazing,” she added. “I didn’t expect it to be as well-received as it became.”

Will Lil Wayne grab all the gramophones? Is Katy Perry going to tell her girl rivals to kiss off? Can Coldplay march off with a win? MTV News is all over the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, so stay tuned for interviews, analysis and more before, during and after the big night.