Prodigy won a MTV Europe Award
for Best Dance Act.
Prodigy released Music
For The Jilted Generation.
Prodigy topped the UK Singles
chart for 3 weeks with "Firestarter."
Prodigy topped the UK Singles
chart for 4 weeks with "Breathe."
Prodigy hit the Top 40 with
Fat Of The Land was released and debuted at #1
where it stayed for a week, and their lead
singer Liam Howlett graced the cover of Rolling
Fat Of The Land topped the UK Album charts for
With singles like "Smack My
Bitch Up" the group seems to be trying
to self-destruct their own success. The band
admits that their own attempt at irony in
their music might be too sophisticated for
their listeners. But in any event, Howlett
has stated that it doesn't matter - the
pressure and overexposure is too much, and he
claimed that there would not be anymore LPs
in the band's future.
Prodigy won a MTV Video Music
Award for Viewer's Choice ("Breathe")
and was also nominated for Best Dance Video.
The 4th annual MTV Europe Music
Awards were held in the Netherlands, and
Prodigy proved to be the big winner. Prodigy
took home 3 awards for Best Dance, Best
Alternative, and Best Video for
Prodigy was getting a lot of
airplay on rock stations with their track,
"Smack My Bitch Up," and were
getting even more negative backlash for the
song. Time-Warner, Prodigy's parent company,
was feeling the heat from the National
Organization for Women (NOW) over the track.
Although the tune's lyrics are few but
repetitive ("Change my pitch up. Smack
my bitch up"), NOW has stated that the
lyrics are a "...dangerous and offensive
message advocating violence against
women." Prodigy member Liam Howlett
responded to the attacks by claiming that the
song's lyrics are being misinterpreted: (the
song means) "...doing anything
intensely, like being on stage - going for
extreme manic energy." The lyrics are
also not a product of Prodigy's songwriting
abilities, but are sampled from an
Ultramagnetic MCs' track. Several radio
stations defended the song's message, yet
only play the track at night. The video for
the song also featured women being pushed and
images of injecting drugs. MTV only aired the
video between 1 and 5 a.m. in order for
mature viewers to see the
"groundbreaking" images. Wal-mart
and Kmart later announced they would pull
Fat Of The Land off their shelves
because of the recent controversy of
"Smack My Bitch Up." Even though
the LP had resided on their store shelves for
over 20 weeks, the two stores found the
marketing campaign for the new single release
Readers of Rolling
Stone named Prodigy the Best
Electronic Artist of the Year.
At the Brit Awards held in
London, Prodigy won an award for Best British
Prodigy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music
Fat Of The Land).
Some controversy erupted at the
Reading Festival when the Beastie
Boys asked Prodigy to not sing a
certain song. The Beastie Boys felt the
Prodigy song, "Smack My Bitch Up"
"...clearly promotes violence against
women" to which Prodigy responded,
"...they should respect other people's
freedom to express themselves."
Prodigy won 2 MTV Video Music
Awards for Breakthrough Video and Best Dance Video ("Smack My Bitch
Up") and was also nominated for Best Direction and Best Editing.
Prodigy won an European Music
Award (aka MTV Europe Music Award) for Best
Keith Flint was involved in a
motorcycle accident while professionally
racing that left him with ligament damage to
Prodigy appeared on the End
Of Days soundtrack with
Greatest Videos Ever Made includes
"Firestarter" at # 87.
Expanded was released.
Prodigy topped the UK LP charts
Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
Prodigy's next LP, Always
Outnumbered, Never Outgunned,was released in the
Outnumbered, Never Outgunned topped the
Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.
Prodigy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic /
Dance Album (Always
Outnumbered, Never Outgunned).
Prodigy released a hits
Law: The Singles 1990-2005 overseas.
Prodigy topped the UK LP chart
Law: The Singles 1990-2005.
Law: The Singles 1990-2005 was released in the
Prodigy released Return
Of The Mac (Billboard peak: # 32).
Prodigy released Invaders
Must Die (Billboard peak: # 58 - Rolling Stone: ).
Prodigy topped the LP charts in
the UK with Invaders