Bruno Mars Biography

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Name:  Peter Gene Hernandez

Born:  October 8, 1985 (age 36) Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Occupation: Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, dancer

Years active: 2004 - Present

Genres: Pop, R&B, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Rock

Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Drums, Bass, Ukulele, Congas

Labels: Universal Motown, Atlantic, Elektra

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Father: Peter Hernandez

Mother: Bernadette San Pedro Bayot

Brother(s): Eric Hernandez

Sister(s): Presley Hernandez, Tahiti Hernandez, Jaime Kailani, Tiara Hernandez


1985: Born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

2003: Moved to LA to pursue a musical career.

2005: Played cover songs around Los Angeles in a band called Sex Panther, with Bhasker and Eric Hernandez, who eventually became the drummer of The Hooligans.

2006-2009: Was an acknowledged music producer, writing songs for the likes of Alexandra Burke, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida.

2009: Was featured as a singer on Far East Movement's second studio album, Animal, on the track "3D". He was also featured on American pastor and hip hop artist Jaeson Ma's debut single "Love" and on American rapper Travie McCoy's "One at a Time".

May 2010: Released his debut extended play "It's Better If You Don't Understand".

July 2010: Released "Just the Way You Are" as the lead single from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans and topped the charts in various countries.

October 2010: Released the album and debuted at Np.3 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 in the UK. His other singles, "Grenade", "The Lazy Song" and "Talking to the Moon", "Marry You" also topped in various countries. At the same period, he was also featured on "Lighters" with American hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, "Mirror" with American rapper Lil Wayne, and "Young, Wild & Free" with American hip hop artists Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg.

2011: Won his first Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are" at the 2011 Grammy Awards. During this time, he also won his first American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, International Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards and the Echo Award for Best International Male.

October 2012: Released the song "Locked out of Heaven" and it topped the U.S. and Canada charts.

December 2012: Released his album "Unorthodox Jukebox" and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Other singles released from the album include "When I Was Your Man", "Treasure", "Gorilla" and "Young Girls".

May 2013: Contributed vocals to Jamaican-American EDM trio Major Lazer's "Bubble Butt".

2014: Won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox at the 2014 Grammy Awards. His album was also recognized with a Juno Award for International Album of the Year in the same year. He also cast as Roberto in the movie Rio 2. 

November 2014: British musician Mark Ronson released "Uptown Funk", featuring Mars and it reached No.1 in several countries. He was named Artist of the Year by Billboard.

2016: Won Ronson and him a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year for the song "Uptown Funk" at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

October 2016: Released "24K Magic" as the lead single of 24K Magic.

November 2016: Released the album and debuted at No.2 in Canada, France, New Zealand, and the U.S. Four more singles were released throughout 2017 and 2018, "That's What I Like", "Versace on the Floor", "Chunky", and a remix of "Finesse" featuring American rapper Cardi B. 

2017: Guinness World Records recognized Mars as the "First Male Artist to achieve three 10-million-selling-singles". He received seven awards at the 2017 American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year, two for "That's What I Like" and other two for 24K Magic. He also won Album/Mixtape of the Year at the 2017 Soul Train Music Awards, in addition to four other awards. 

2018: Won in the six categories for which he was nominated: Album of the Year and Best R&B Album for 24K Magic, Record of the Year for the title track and Song of The Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for "That's What I Like" at the 2018 Grammy Awards. The album "24K Magic" also won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for the work of the album's engineers.

February 2019: Released a single "Please Me" together with Cardi B.

July 2019: Collaborated with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton on "Blow", for the former's fourth studio album, No.6 Collaborations Project.

February 2020: Was announced a partnership with Disney for a "music-themed theatrical narrative".

November 2021: Released the debut album "An Evening with Silk Sonic" together with Anderson .Paak under the band name Silk Sonic. Three other singles were released, "Leave the Door Open", "Skate, and "Smokin Out the Window".

Early 2022: Silk Sonic won Best Group at the BET Awards 2021 and International Group of the Year at the 2022 Brit Awards. They also received three awards at the 2021 Soul Train Music Awards, including Song of the Year for "Leave the Door Open". 

Personal Quotes:

  • You're amazing just the way you are
  • I think I don't take myself too seriously. You know as far as, it's a fun life. I take my music serious, but I like to have fun.
  • I take the artist side of what I do very seriously. I feel it's my job to continue being a student of music if I want to continue being an artist and a producer of other artists. You have to keep filling your mind with other music.

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