Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, actor, painter, multimedia artist and former music journalist known for his controversial stage personality and image as the eponymous lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson, of which he is the founder and only constant member. His stage name was formed by juxtaposing the names of two American cultural icons, namely actress Marilyn Monroe and multiple murder conspiracy convict Charles Manson. He is perhaps best known for his songs and albums released in the 1990s, such as 1996's Antichrist Superstar and 1998's Mechanical Animals, which along with his public image earned him a reputation in the mainstream media as a controversial figure and a seemingly negative influence on young people. Manson has been ranked number 44 in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader, and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.
He is good friends with Avril Lavigne (with Lavigne even referring to him as simply "Manson" in several interviews). After meeting him at one of his concerts, Lavigne and Manson kept in touch through the years, and eventually she asked him to collaborate with her on her self-titled fifth studio album. Manson provided vocals on the album's seventh track, "Bad Girl".