On October 8, 1985, Peter Gene Hernandez, who would later adopt the stage name "Bruno Mars," was born in Hawaii. Mars had roots early on as a performer, as his father was a percussionist, and his mother was both a hula dancer and singer. At three years old, Mars was already performing on stage as an Elvis impersonator, and by the age of four, he had joined his family band, The Love Notes, on stage five days a week. The Love Notes performed a revue show including Motown and doo-wop covers, which still feature into Mars' musical style today.
Move to L.A. Leads to Songwriting Gigs
After graduating from high school in 2002, Bruno Mars moved to Los Angeles in hopes of furthering his music career. He had a rocky start, finding fewer opportunities to perform as successfully as he had in Hawaii. As a result, Mars turned to songwriting, composing singles for other artists, including Flo Rida, Cee Lo Green, and Travie McCoy. He finally made his first major vocal debut in Feb. 2010, singing the chorus of B.O.B.'s "Nothin' On You," a single that went double platinum and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
2010 - Debut Album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" Released
In July 2010, Mars released his first solo single, "Just the Way You Are." The track reached No. 1 on the charts in over 10 countries, and led his debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," to break into the top 10 in 20 countries. The album also spawned the singles "Grenade," "The Lazy Song," and "Marry You." In the ensuing year, Mars toured as an opener for Maroon 5, co-headlined tours with Travie McCoy and Janelle Monae, and also embarked on his own solo tour, The Doo-Wops and Hooligans Tour, in support of his freshman album.
2012 - Second Album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200
Throughout 2011, Mars collaborated with artists on a handful of songs, as well as released a track on the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1. The singer-songwriter performed at the 2012 GRAMMY Awards ahead of announcing his new album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," which was released in October 2012. The sophomore effort went on to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and peaked inside the top 10 in over 20 countries worldwide. In the wake of the album release, Mars made his late-night sketch debut serving as both host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" on October 20, 2012.
Many musical elements feature into his eclectic sound including:
Dubbed "The Hooligans," Mars keeps a consistent stable of band members including:
As of May 2013, Bruno Mars has received 13 GRAMMY nominations as a producer and performer, but has won only once for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance on his 2010 single, "Just the Way You Are." Mars won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist in 2012, as well as an American Music Award in the same category in 2011. Since 2010, Mars has also received five BET Award nominations, five MTV Video Music Award nominations, and over 15 Billboard Music Award nominations.