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Bruno Mars Information

Most people know the Honolulu, Hawaii native for chart topping hits like “Just the Way You Are”, “Grenade”, and singing the hook on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You”, but that’s not where his rise to fame began. Bruno Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, started performing at the age of four in his family’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 “Little Elvis”.

Before the release of his 2010 EP It’s Better If You Don’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. It’s Better If You Don’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 “Just the Way You Are” 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, “Grenade”, and “The Lazy Song”. The album earned him five Grammy nominations in the following year’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.