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Fiona Apple Timeline

Sept. 13, 1977: Fiona Apple Maggart is born in New York to actor Brandon Maggart and singer Diane McAfee.

1989: She is raped outside her mother's apartment in New York at the age of 12.

1994: She gives a demo tape to a friend who is music publicist Kathryn Schenker's babysitter. Schenker gives the tape to producer Andrew Slater who introduces Apple to people at Sony.

1995: Sony Music signs her.

July 23, 1996: Releases her first album, Tidal. The album goes Platinum.

1997: Says in a Spin magazine article: "I'm sure five years from now, I'll probably look back on the things I'm doing now and cringe."

1997: Wins the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. In her now famous acceptance speech, she says: "Everybody out there that's watching, everybody that's watching this world, this world is bullshit and you shouldn’t model your life about what you think that we think is cool. Go with yourself."

Nov. 1997: Apple records a phone message for PETA in a campaign to boycott Butterball turkeys on Thanksgiving. Callers can call a special number and hear her message which says, in part: "There's no proper way to kill and cook these beautiful birds ... millions of people are learning that a vegetarian diet is the healthy choice for themselves, the earth, and animals."

1998: Her video "Criminal" wins the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography.

Nov. 9, 1999: Her second album is released. The title is 90 words long: When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He Thinks Like A King What He Knows Throws The Blows When He Goes To The Fight And He'll Win The Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters The Ring There's No Body To Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand And Remember That Depth Is The Greatest Of Heights And If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where To Land And If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right. It is usually shortened to When the Pawn ...

Feb. 2000: Breaks down onstage in the middle of a concert at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Technical problems frustrate her and she shouts "You know, I just wanted to do real well in New York ... But f---! I can't hear myself!" She tries to complete the show but 45 minutes into it she announces she's taking a five-minute break. She doesn't return. Concert-goers are offered free tickets for a future show.

2000: Is nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Paper Bag" and for Best Alternative Music Album for When the Pawn ...

2002: Is nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Johnny Cash.

Oct. 4, 2005: After a six-year break, Fiona's album Extraordinary Machine is released.

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