M.I.A. has been announced as the curator of the 24th Meltdown Festival held in the Southbank Centre .

The rapper, producer, director and visual artist will hand pick performers to produce a mix of art, music and film from June 9 to June 18.

The singer-songwriter who was born in Hounslow has garnered acclaim for her thought-provoking lyrics and visuals which delves into subjects including immigration.

On what she will bring M.I.A. says: "For me this Meltdown will be about putting on a musical week that shows different types of music which have inspired each other to exist.

"Genres that support other genres, redefining the concept of a melting pot. Respect the history, don’t live in it.

"I plan to bring together music’s best forward thinkers who have contributed to all our lives. When music acts as inspiration, it’s boundary-less."

Previous festivals have been curated by the likes of Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Anohni, Morrissey and last year Elbow's frontman Guy Garvey.

M.I.A's 13-year career has seen the release of five studio albums, each time redefining genre structures with influences from nu rave, dancehall and hip-hop.

She has also collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Jay-Z, Zayn Malik, Diplo and Kanye West to name a few.

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Her videos for "Born Free" and "Bad Girls" have been critically acclaimed but also produced politically polarising views, making her go on to be named one of the world's most influential people by TIME and Esquire.

Throughout her career she has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.

To get tickets and be the first to hear about the lineup head to the Ticketweb here.

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