Born as Brian Hugh Warner in Canton, Ohio, the artist that would later become Marilyn Manson was one of the most controversial artists of the 1990s and 2000s. He was vilified by Christian and parental groups for his intense stage antics, criticism of American culture and outrageous style. After a short stint as a rock journalist, the artist formed Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in 1989 and began to produce a series of self-titled mix tapes to increase their exposure on the rock scene. Soon enough, the band was discovered by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who soon signed the band to his record label. Reznor would produce the band's true debut album Portrait of an American Family, and they started touring with NIN.
While his on-stage antics caught the ire of Christian groups all over the country who came out to picket his shows, Manson's impact on the world of rock and metal music was undeniable. His 1995 album Smells Like Children hit No. 31 on the Billboard 200 chart and would soon earn platinum status. The album Antichrist Superstar would launch Manson's career into international stardom with hits like "Beautiful People" and "Tourniquet" that allowed him to break from the limited exposure of metal and into the modern rock charts.
Manson's 1998 album, Mechanical Animals, would finally help him break into the pop charts and would finally reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The single, "The Dope Show," was his first track to break into the pop charts at No. 122 and allowed him to experiment with a bit of glam rock as a notable departure from his goth rock and metal roots.
After a brief break from the public spotlight, Manson returned with a live album The Last Tour on Earth and a new record Holy Wood, which would climb to No. 13 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, he would once again have a chart-topping album with the release of The Golden Age of Grotesque.
Over the 2000s, Marilyn Manson and his band would release a few new albums, but were never able to replicate their early successes. Finally in 2009, the band parted with its longtime label and Manson took a break from music to concentrate on new artistic projects. A comeback may be in the works, but until then, fans can continue to enjoy his raw and unparalleled blend of rock and metal that changed the landscape of music forever.