Her MTV VMA Acceptance Speech
Leave it to a barely post-teen Fiona Apple, at the height of her acclaim, to react to accolades with unbridled fury. Fearful she was verging on becoming a sell-out and popular for the wrong reasons, Apple stepped behind the podium to accept the Best New Artist statuette at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and rather than thanking God, her parents and manager, she let loose an invective still remember 15 years later. Damning the music industry and urging viewers not to idolize her or any other artists, Apple then offered this advice "This world is bullshit, and you shouldn't model your life on what we think is cool, and what we're wearing and what we're saying." Apple issued a statement explaining her reasons for the speech on her website, but never apologized.