Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known as Bruno Mars, was born on October 8, 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father is half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish originally from Brooklyn, New York and his mother was Filipino and had immigrated to Hawaii as a child. Peter Gene Hernandez was given the nickname “Bruno” as a child by his father. For Bruno’s entire childhood he was surrounded by music. His dad was a drummer, his mom was a dancer and singer. His family had a band called The Love Notes, in which Bruno would perform with five days a week from as early as four years old. He was never given formal music lessons but learned how to play the piano and guitar just by growing up around it. Once Bruno graduated high school in 2003, he moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his music career. It was there he added ‘Mars’ to his nickname to form the stage name of Bruno Mars.
Beginnings of Career
In 2004, Mars signed with Motown Records. The deal with Motown did not provide to be to be very useful for Mars as the label dropped him shortly after. But the opportunity did allow for Mars to meet songwriter Philip Lawrence. Lawrence agreed to help Mars compose songs. They collaborated for a while, writing songs for Mars to perform. Lawrence and Mars presented one of their songs to a record label who liked the track, but wanted one of their own artists to perform it. Mars was reluctant, but when he was offered $20,000 for the song, he couldn’t turn the offer down. Going forward, Lawrence and Mars decided they would continue to focus on songwriting for other artists in order get more experience with the industry. Mars ended up writing hit songs including “Right ‘Round” for Flo Rida, “Long Distance” for Brandy, “Nothin’ on You” for B.o.B., and “Billionaire” for Travie McCoy. The last two songs were the breakthrough points for Mars’ career as his vocals were featured on the chorus for both songs. Both tracks became hits in the US and around the world, getting Bruno Mars’ name out as an artist and not just a songwriter. Bruno Mars was officially signed to Atlantic Records in 2009 and with this label, Mars released his first studio album.
Doo-Wops & Hooligans
After receiving critical acclaim for his vocals on “Nothin’ on You” and “Billionaire”, Mars released the lead single from his debut album. The track was called “Just the Way You Are” and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song spent 48 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, breaking a record for longest-reigning debut format hit. Mars’ debut album was entitled Doo-Wops & Hooligans and was released on October 5, 2010. Doo-Wops & Hooligans debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and ended up becoming certified 5X Platinum by the RIAA. “Just the Way You Are” won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Doo-Wops & Hooligans was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2012 including Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year. “Grenade”, the second single off the album, received three Grammy nominations including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. Although Mars went home empty handed at the 2012 Grammys, he would return to the Grammys again to win even more awards.
Mars released the lead single for his second studio album on October 1, 2012. The track was called “Locked Out of Heaven” and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album, which was titled, Unorthodox Jukebox, was released on December 11, 2012. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and eventually peaked at number 1 a few months later. About a year later it was announced that Mars would be performing at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. It was the first time a Super Bowl halftime show was headlined by an artist under the age of 30 and of Puerto Rican descent. The halftime show had more viewers than the actual game itself. Then at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Mars won Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox. He also received nominations Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Locked Out of Heaven” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “When I Was Your Man”. That same year Mars ranked number 1 on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Mars’ career was absolutely taking off and surprisingly enough, was nowhere near its peak yet.
24K Magicand Tour
After going on his Moonshine Jungle Tour for Unorthodox Jukebox, Mars began working on this third studio album which would be called 24K Magic. “24K Magic” was released as the lead single from 24K Magic and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. 24K Magic dropped on November 18, 2016 and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200. The second single from the album was “That’s What I Like”. This track topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The last song to be released as a single from the album is “Finesse” which features up and coming female rapper Cardi B. Mars ended up winning six Grammys at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Of these included Album of the Year and Best R&B Album for 24K Magic, Record of the Year for “24K Magic”, and Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like”. To date, Bruno Mars has been nominated for twenty-seven Grammy Awards, winning eleven of them. Mars is currently touring on his 24K Magic World Tour. Beginning on September 7, 2018 he will be joined by Cardi B for the North American leg of his tour.
Bruno Mars is one of the most talented and well-rounded artists of this generation. He can execute any genre of music including R&B, pop, rock, funk, soul, and hip-hop. His talents range from singing to playing instruments to songwriting to dancing. Mars has and will continue to entertain audiences across the world. If you want to see Bruno Mars live in concert, TicketNetwork is your pass to all Bruno Mars tickets. Do not miss out on this legendary performer live, so make sure to get your Bruno Mars tickets today!