Bruno Mars Information
Most people know the Honolulu, Hawaii native for chart topping hits like â€œJust the Way You Areâ€, â€œGrenadeâ€, and singing the hook on B.o.Bâ€™s â€œNothinâ€™ on Youâ€, but thatâ€™s not where his rise to fame began. Bruno Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, started performing at the age of four in his familyâ€™s band The Love Notes. Mars gained a reputation on the island for his Elvis impersonation which lead to him appearing in the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas performing as â€œLittle Elvisâ€.
Before the release of his 2010 EP Itâ€™s Better If You Donâ€™t Understand Mars joined up with Ari Levine and Philip Lawrence to create the production team the Smeezingtons. The trio, who met while all signed to Motown records in 2004, have written and produced songs for artists such as Sean Kingston, Cee Lo Green, and Travie McCoy. Itâ€™s Better If You Donâ€™t Understand peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Top 100, but this was a huge break for the artist.
Following the success of his first single â€œJust the Way You Areâ€ his first album Doo-Wops & Hooligans was released in October of 2010. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard charts thanks to the aforementioned single, â€œGrenadeâ€, and â€œThe Lazy Songâ€. The album earned him five Grammy nominations in the following yearâ€™s award ceremony as well as an additional nomination for Producer of the Year (non-classical).
His most recent album Unorthodox Jukebox was released on December 6th, 2012. The album debuted at number two on the charts. Leading up to the release of the album Mars hosted and performed on Saturday Night Live and was greeted with positive responses from both fans and critics. Moving forward Mars has quickly become one of the biggest players in pop music and one of its most talented performers.