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The Evolution of Bruno Mars

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    Peter Gene Hernandez, Known as 'Bruno Mars' was Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians.

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    The nickname Bruno was given to him as a baby because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

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    At the age of 4, he joined the family musical act as an Elvis impersonator.
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    After highschool Mars moves to Los Angeles. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Mars signed to Motown Records in 2004, in a deal that "went nowhere.

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    After Bruno was dropped by Universal Motown, he landed a music publishing deal in 2005 with Steve Lindsey and Cameron Strang at Westside Independent, joining production team The Smeezingtons.

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    Before becoming a successful solo artist, Mars was an acknowledged music producer, writing songs for many artists such as Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida, Far East Movement.

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    Bruno Mars co-wrote Cee Lo Green's 'F*ck You'.

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    Bruno mars co-wrote Justin Bieber's 'Love Me'.

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    As part of the Smeezingtons He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals to the songs 'Nothin' on You' by B.o.B, The track proved an enormous hit, skyrocketing to No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart, and instantly transforming Bruno Mars from a behind-the-scenes composer into a pop performer.

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    Bruno co-wrote Travie McCoy's 'Billionaire' Bruno Mars came up with the lyrical concept for 'Billionaire' during a trip to London in which he was given £240 ($350) by his record label to spend for 11 days.

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    Bruno Mars' debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was released digitally on October 4, and saw its physical release on October 5, 2010.

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    When Mars released his second single 'Grenade' on September 28, 2010, it hit number 1 in over 14 different countries and went 5x Platinum in the USA.

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    Mars opened for Maroon 5 on the fall leg of the Hands All Over Tour starting October 6, 2010

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    On February 13, 2011, Mars won his first Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Just The Way You Are.

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    Bruno Mars received six nominations; Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for 'Nothin' on You', Record of the Year for 'Nothin' on You' and "Fuck You", Song of the Year for 'Fuck You', and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical at the 53rd Grammy Awards.

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    On September 22, 2011, it was announced on Mars' website that his new song "It Will Rain" will appear on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack which was released on November 8.

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    On November 23, 2011, Mars performed "It Will Rain" on the Top 9 to 7 Live Elimination episode of The X Factor.

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    At the 54th Grammy awards Mars received six nominations for a Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Doo-Wops & Hooligans but did not win any awards.

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    While he went home empty-handed that year, Mars gave a career-building performance of his 1960s-influenced song 'Runaway Baby' at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

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    On March 22, 2012, it was announced that Mars had signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis US.

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    In December 2012, Mars released his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox. In the United States, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with sales of 187,000. The album also charted number one album in Switzerland and in United Kingdom, he became the fastest selling album by a recording artist in 2012.

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    The album's lead single, 'Locked Out of Heaven,' topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks and landed in the Top 10 in 20 countries.

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    The album's second single, 'When I Was Your Man', has reached the top ten of fifteen countries, including number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

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    Mars hosted and was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live October 20, 2012.

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    Bruno mars is over 58x platinum world wide.

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