Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars.jpg
Born Peter Gene Hernandez
(1985-10-08) October 8, 1985 (age 32)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Net worth US $105 million (2016)[2]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • guitar
  • keyboard
  • bass
  • piano
  • harmonica
  • beatbox
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts

Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer.

After an unsuccessful stint with Motown, Mars signed with Atlantic Records in 2002. 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, also known as "Forget You". In October 2010, he released his album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The album reached number three on the Billboard 200.[3] He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are". His singles "Just the Way You Are", "Nothin' on You", "Grenade", "Locked Out of Heaven", "When I Was Your Man", "The Lazy Song", "It Will Rain", and "24K Magic" have all reached the top five of the US Billboard Hot 100, with the first five reaching number one.

Mars has sold 10 million albums around the world.[4]

In 2013, his song "Locked Out of Heaven" was nominated for a Grammy Award.[5] He was featured on British producer Mark Ronson's song "Uptown Funk", which became the number-one song of 2015 in the United States. It spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. "Uptown Funk" won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Mars co-wrote the song "All I Ask" from English singer-songwriter Adele's 2015 album 25. In 2016, Mars released the single "24K Magic" (pronounced "twenty-four-karat magic") from his album, also called 24K Magic. It has reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. The second single from 24K Magic, "That's What I Like", became Mars' seventh number-one song on the Hot 100.

Early life[change | change source]

Peter Gene Hernandez was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu. He is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette "Bernie" San Pedro Bayot (died June 1, 2013).[6][7] His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) ancestry and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.[8][9] Mars' mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child and was a Filipino.[8][10][11] 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.

Artist influences[change | change source]

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."[12]

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

  • Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)
  • Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)
  • 24K Magic (2016)

References[change | change source]

  1. De Castro, Cynthia (January 5, 2011). "Bruno Mars: The Fil-Am Artist with Universal Appeal". Asian Journal. AJ Press Los Angeles. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bruno Mars Net Worth". TheRichest. The Richest. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  3. Caulfield, Keith (October 13, 2010). "Toby Keith's 'Gun' Fires at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  6. "Robert A. Bayot of Portland, Oregon. USA.:Information about Peter Hernandez". August 15, 1996. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  7. "Baguio's 40 Artists Under 40 | Basta Pinas". Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Smolenyak, Megan (November 12, 2012). "What Race Is Bruno Mars?". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  9. Farber, Jim (October 3, 2010). "Bruno Mars follows his summer of hits with a big debut album 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans'". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  10. "ACE Title Search: Hernandez Peter Gene". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  11. Jeffries, David. "Bruno Mars Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  12. Caramanica, Jon (October 5, 2010). "Bruno Mars in Ascension". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 

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