In this paper we alleviate this limitation by devising a suit of prioritized metric data structures and embeddings. We show that given a priority ranking $(x_1,x_2,...,x_n)$ of the graph vertices (respectively, metric points) one can devise a metric data structure (respectively, embedding) in which the stretch (resp., distortion) incurred by any pair containing a vertex $x_j$ will depend on the rank $j$ of the vertex. We also show that other important parameters, such as the label size and (in some sense) the dimension, may depend only on $j$. In some of our metric data structures (resp., embeddings) we achieve both prioritized stretch (resp., distortion) and label size (resp., dimension) {\em simultaneously}. The worst-case performance of our metric data structures and embeddings is typically asymptotically no worse than their non-prioritized counterparts.