Bruno Mars performing in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 19, 2010.
|Birth name||Peter Gene Hernandez|
|Born||October 8, 1985 
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Pop, alternative hip hop, soul, R&B|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, guitar, keyboard, bass|
|Associated acts||The Smeezingtons, B.o.B, Cee-Lo Green, Travie McCoy|
Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and music producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age. His mother is Filipina; his father is Puerto Rican. After performing many times in his hometown throughout his childhood, he decided to pursue a musical career and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school.
After an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, Mars signed with Atlantic Records in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. He also helped write the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Kesha, "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan, and "Fuck You!" by Cee Lo Green. In October 2010, he released his album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The album became number three on the Billboard 200. He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are".
As a child, he was influenced by artists such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and would often try to sing like these artists. Mars also incorporates reggae and Motown inspired sounds into his work. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times referred to Mars as "one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop."
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