By Leah Greenblatt
February 06, 2009 at 09:59 PM EST

The Recording Academy announced yesterday that British/Sri Lankan raptress M.I.A., whose ’08 anthem “Paper Planes” is up for Record of the Year, will be performing at this Sunday’s ceremony. She may, however, want to bring along a few clean blankets, sanitized water, and an EMT: Her first child is due that same day. “They say that you’re often late the first time, so I’m planning to go”to the show, she told USA Today.  “We’ll see. Peopleare trying to get me to relax and focus on the baby. It’s like being inparallel universes.”

She won’t be the first nominated lady to show up heavily pregnant to an awards show: A nearly-spherical Catherine Zeta Jones had to pass on performing an athletic number from Best Picture champ Chicago at the 2003 Oscars, though she still went on to win the prize (“my hormones are just way too out of control to be dealing with this,” she laughed in her giddy acceptance speech), while Nelly Furtado was with-bump — and up for two major prizes — at last year’s Grammys (alas, she went home empty-handed).
The competition in M.I.A.’s category is stiff (and, coincidentally, almost entirely British as well) — Coldplay, Leona Lewis, Adele, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. If she fails to nab the little golden grammaphone, however, she’s still got a pretty sweet consolation prize coming. Don’t you agree?

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