Bruno Mars was born as Peter Gene Hernadez, but gained the nickname Bruno from his family and friends because he was always so “confident, independent, strong-willed, and kind of a brute". Now, Bruno is one of the best selling pop artists of all time, and has won five Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, and three MTV Europe Music Awards.
Mars grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a musical family. After high school he moved to LA, where he began to feel frustrated when his career didn’t progress as fast as he’d hoped. By the early 2000s, he began to find success by writing songs for popular artists, including K’Naan’s ‘Waving Flag’ and Brandy’s Long Distance.
After several years as one of pop music’s premier songwriters, Mars finally broke out in his own right with Nothin’ On You (2010). Several months later, he released his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010), which reached number 3 in the Billboard album charts, and its follow-up singles, Grenade and The Lazy Song cracked the Top Ten on the Singles Chart.
In December 2012, Mars released his second studio album, Unorthadox Jukebox. Its lead single Locked Out Of Heaven topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks. In 2014 it won Mars the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Mars performs in a wide range of musical styles, often combining R&B, funk, soul and pop, a fusion that’s consolidated his musical stardom. Here, we round up his best ever songs.
By Lowenna Waters