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- Posted on Jul 28th 2010 5:50AM by Farah Ishaq
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In an interview with Time Out magazine, M.I.A., whose third album, 'Maya' has just been released, slammed the talk show host's praise of Gaga.
M.I.A. said, "She [Oprah Winfrey] made this huge speech at the ball praising Lady Gaga and about how she [Lady Gaga] is helping Americans to be the best of themselves. There's millions of other Americans who represent that for me."
She added, "Is [it] about numbers? About how much you're selling? Is it truly about the journey? Because [Lady Gaga's] journey isn't that difficult: to go from the f---ing Upper East Side [of Manhattan] to a f---ing performing arts school and on to a stage at the museum of f---ing wherever. That journey's about four miles."
The Sri Lankan-British rapper also explained how she felt left out by Winfrey at the ball: "She was with Iman. Iman was always dancing with me, hugging and kissing me, but Oprah seemed really pissed off with me."
As previously reported on Spinner, M.I.A. had called Winfrey the "Queen of America" when the pair met at another New York function in May 2009, celebrating M.I.A.'s inclusion in the Time 100 list of influential people.
Currently promoting her new album -- the follow-up to 2005's Mercury-nominated 'Arular' and 2007's 'Kala' -- M.I.A. is about to headline the Underage Festival, which takes place in East London's Victoria Park on Aug. 1.