M.I.A. The English performer's real name is Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam. M.I.A. plays on her name and the abbreviation for "missing in action." M.I.A. performed at last year's Super Bowl (and was reprimanded by Madonna for flipping off cameras during the halftime show).
Real Names of Music Stars
January 19, 2013
These performers weren't always known by their stage names.