Born on 8th October, 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bruno Mars is one of the biggest and best-selling male vocalists of modern times. The multi-talented singer songwriter is known for his vocal, paino, drum and guitar work and his lively showmanship,inspired by masters like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and a high energy similar to James Brown. At the age of 29, he has currently been nominated for 13 Grammy’s, winning two and in 2011 he made the prestigious TIME 100 list by TIME Magazine. Not only a talent singer/songwriter, Mars also turned his attention to launching the Selvarey Rum brand, which includes white and cocoa rums. Mars would hit the big time early in his life with his first album Doo Wops and Hooligans in 2010, where the lead single ‘Just The Way You Are’ would reach number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He would continue his success with songs like ‘Grenade’ and ‘The Lazy Song’ until the release of his second album Unorthodox Jukebox, where his success would continue. His latest venture would be providing lead vocals on Mark Ronson’s smash song ‘Uptown Funk’ which spent 14 consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US and was streamed 4.8 million times in one week in the US. But, it’s time to find out more about the man behind the vocals; Bruno Mars.
Here are ten things you may not know about the ‘Just The Way You Are’ crooner.
1. Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, who was a hula dancer, met his percussionist father after they performed in the same show.
2. Inspired by his uncle who did the same, Mars performed as an Elvis Presley impersonator from as young as two. He gained so much recognition in Hawaii that he scored a cameo in the 1992 film Honeymoon In Vegas with Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicholas Cage. You are not prepared for the amount of cute.
3. His father nicknamed him Bruno because of his porky resemblance to Bruno Sammartino, a large professional wrestler. He says he decided on his Mars stage name because a lot of girls told him that he was “out of this world”.
4. Fans of processed meat can breathe a collective sigh of relief: Mars absolutely loves Spam. He says he grew up eating a spam and rice mixture called musubi, which he describes as “unbelievable and delicious”.
5. He’s absolutely tiny. No, seriously. At a meagre 5’5″, Mars is only a few inches taller than miniature Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue. His relatively low stature wasn’t that noticeable until he received a VMA from Taylor Swift.
6. Having moved to California to become a recording artist, he was approached by a record label who had heard one of his songs and wanted to give it to one of their acts. Mars was hesitant to give away his own music at first, but ex-American Idol judge Kara Kara DioGuardi – who he was writing with at the time – told him to “stop being a bitch”.
7. Harsh but sound advice, Mars has gone on to write hit songs with many acts, including CeeLo Green’s ‘F**k You’ – which they finished in one day. Sadly he also wrote and produced ‘Get Sexy’ for the Sugababes, but is yet to be apprehended for this crime against pop.
8. It may have reached number one on both sides of the pond, but Mars hates ‘The Lazy Song’. We can’t imagine why.
9. He’s selling records by the truckload, but Mars is also popular with those pesky illegal downloaders. Last year he was named the most pirated music star of 2013, falling victim to over 5.7 million file shares.
10. In 2013 Mars co-hosted Saturday Night Live, and for one sketch gave a frighteningly convincing performance as a 17-year-old girl. Warning: video may contain twerking.