Bruno Mars is a 13-time Grammy Award nominee whose debut album has been certified 39x platinum worldwide, has sold over 45 million singles worldwide, and has over 1 billion views on YouTube. Doo-Wops & Hooligans was released in October 2010 and named “the year’s finest pop debut: 10 near-perfect songs,” by Rolling Stone. The album included the 12x platinum blockbuster single “Just the Way You Are,” which hit number 1 in multiple countries and won the critically-acclaimed artist a Grammy Award for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.” Doo-Wops & Hooligans claimed two additional hit singles, the 10x platinum “Grenade” and 6x platinum “The Lazy Song.”
Mars has received an abundance of accolades to date, including ASCAP Song of the Year, a Billboard Music Award for Top Radio Song for “Just the Way You Are,” a BRIT Award for International Male Solo Artist, an American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist in Pop/Rock, two MTV European Music Awards including Best New Artist, and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist. In 2011, Mars was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
In October 2012, Mars premiered the first single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” from his highly-anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox. On October 20th, Mars made his comeback to national television when he joined the elite club of hosts and performers for Saturday Night Live alongside the likes of Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake and Elton John. Mars not only showcased his comedic talent to the millions watching, but also debuted the first live performance of “Locked Out of Heaven” and premiered a brand new song, “Young Girls,” from the historic stage in New York City.
Unorthodox Jukebox is due in stores December 11th. Mars and his songwriting/production team The Smeezingtons (Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine) partnered with heavyweight producers including Jeff Bhasker, Mark Ronson and Diplo to create the 10-track album.
Following SNL, Mars has a rigorous fall schedule lined up to promote Unorthodox Jukebox both stateside and abroad, including a performance on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and multiple not-yet-announced TV performances.
The multitalented singer, songwriter, producer and musician was born to a musical family in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father, a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, organized a Vegas-style revue that featured the entire family, including his mother, a talented vocalist. Four-year-old Mars observed his family performing Motown hits, doo-wop medleys and impersonations for enthusiastic crowds all over his native Waikiki Beach. Soon after, Mars became the world’s youngest Elvis impersonator performing in front of the same enthusiastic crowds on a nightly basis.
As soon as he graduated high school, Mars left Hawaii for Los Angeles with dreams of launching his career as a performer. Those dreams got put on hold, however, when The Smeezingtons, the songwriting/production team he founded with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, suddenly took off. The trio began crafting major hits for a diverse roster of talent, including Flo Rida’s “Right Round”, Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”, and K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag”, which was the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Mars first achieved worldwide visibility and success as a featured writer/producer/singer on two massive summer hits in 2010 (McCoy’s “Billionaire” and B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You”).
Following his worldwide success with Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Mars created the critically-acclaimed ballad “It Will Rain” for the original motion picture soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. The success of “It Will Rain” marked the 11th top 10 single for Mars, following solo blockbusters like the multi-platinum #1 hits “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade” – as well as songs written and co-produced by Mars in his role as one of The Smeezingtons, including CeeLo Green’s history-making “Fuck You.”