Trent Reznor
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No musician did more for electronic music in the '90s than Trent Reznor. Not only did he write and record a string of groundbreaking records (Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, The Downward Spiral), he did so during the height of guitar/grunge mania, at a time when the "own a synth, go to jail" mentality prevailed. His anguished, snarling vocals inspired an army of hardcore synth pretenders.

Trent forged a path through the era like a wrecking ball. "Maybe synthesizers are considered unfashionable these days," he said in 1994, "but I don't give a fuck." And he didn't. While other bands hid their keyboards offstage behind a curtain, Trent brought them front and center. His songs and productions were brilliant beyond words. Today, a decade after his mainstream debut, he shows no signs of decline. The latest Nine Inch Nailes release, The Fragile, debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200.