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How Bruno Mars forged his career in Hollywood

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars’ Rise to the Top

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Super Bowl performing sensation, Bruno Mars may be small in stature but the incredible artist is big on talent.  The pop sensation’s string of chart topping hits and incredible stage performance has made him famous in Hollywood and given the artist lasting star power.  Hawaiian native, Mars credits his musical prowess to his family who constantly exposed him to various instruments and, through their family band, gave Mars the opportunity at the young age of four years old to perform on stage and realize his immense talent for singing and songwriting.

Early Beginnings

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Mars was known throughout Oahu as the youngest Elvis impersonator and later adopted an act impersonating Michael Jackson. Fans adore Mars’ stage presence, enthusiasm and showmanship, many qualities which culminated over time as he emulated his favorite artists and discovered his talent.


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Mars moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry but was discouraged by the lack of opportunity. Mars eventually found a creative avenue through songwriting teaming up with Philip Lawrence and creating songs for popular artists such as, Brandy and Travie McCoy. The creative duo eventually found immense success writing the internationally chart topping single, “Right ‘Round” for artist, Flo Rida. Mars’ evident ability and talent allowed him to gain traction in Hollywood and pave the way for his own singing career.

Musical Debut

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Mars’ first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans debuted in 2010 and featured the hit singles, “Just the Way You are,” “Grenade,” and “The Lazy Song.” Mars was unstoppable eventually releasing his next album Unorthodox Jukebox containing singles, “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.”  Mars’ musical contributions were very well received by fans and critics who decorated the performer with praise and Grammy nods. Mars became a permanent fixture on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” securing a place for six weeks in a row.

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Additionally, “When I Was Your Man” climbed to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to receiving critical acclaim for his songwriting and vocals, Mars was a choreographic force to be reckoned with, widely praised for his energetic stage presence and often compared to legendary performers, James Brown and Michael Jackson.

Super Bowl Performances

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Mars’ career reached an all-time high when he was selected alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers to performer at the halftime show of the 2014 Super Bowl 48. Mars’ performance was so well received that he was asked to perform yet again at the 2016 Super Bowl 50 alongside Coldplay and Beyoncé. The larger than life performance was set against the backdrop of fireworks, pyrotechnics and a full band.

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Bruno Mars performed one of his most famous songs, “Uptown Funk,” while dancing with an ensemble and set up a performance by Beyoncé who was accompanied by a marching band. Super Bowl 50 was a historic game, marking 50 years for the annual football finale and the game was won by the Denver Broncos, quarterbacked by Peyton Manning.


To learn more and get #hookedon Bruno Mars, read his full biography here or on Billboard. You may also follow the singing sensation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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  • Where in the world is Bruno Mars? He needs to come out with another hot single!!