Marilyn Manson, born Brian Hugh Warner on January 5, 1969, is an American singer, songwriter, and controversial figure in the world of music and pop culture. Known for his distinct blend of shock rock and industrial music, Manson gained fame in the 1990s for his provocative lyrics, theatrical stage performances, and striking appearance, often characterized by elaborate makeup, dark clothing, and unsettling imagery. He and his band, also named Marilyn Manson, released several successful albums that garnered both critical acclaim and notoriety due to their explicit content and themes. Beyond his music, Manson has been a lightning rod for discussions on the limits of artistic expression, social commentary, and the influence of media on society. His impact on music and culture continues to be a subject of both fascination and controversy.