Band Or Solo Artist?: Solo
Genre: World, Electronic, Hip-Hop
Greatest Hit: "Paper Planes" (2008)

M.I.A. created her own niche in the industry, somehow mastering the mix of world, dance, pop, hip-hop and rap music with singles like "Galang" and "Sunshowers" early on in her career. Not only has she succeeded in music, but her artistic skills, humanitarian efforts, and her intelligence have made her one of the most influential people in the world, according to Time.