My favorite artist would have to John Frusciante. It started off with his guitar work in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Totally thought he was a god after hearing him in the Stadium Arcadium album, and then listening to older albums and I thought the man could do no wrong. Then I heard his solo stuff. At first I didn't get it, then I heard the story behind the albums and was blown away with how he conveyed his pain through his music. The guy recorded an album when he was pretty much dying at one point, and after he went through all of that strife, he became a better musician. For that reason, John Frusciante is not only my favorite artists but one of my heroes. o7
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Frank Zappa. Some of his stuff is pretty hit and miss, but it seems like that's just the nature of it when you have a discography of 90+ albums. He is a really influential artist, dabbling in (sometimes perfecting) experimental, progressive, jazz and classical rock. I don't really know a lot of musicians quite as versatile as he is. Also his mustache + goatee combo is pretty bangin'.