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Bruno Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, is a highly talented and versatile American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, he rose to prominence in the music industry with his distinctive blend of pop, R&B, funk, and soul influences. His father is half Puerto Rican and half Jewish, while his mother has Filipino and Spanish ancestry.

Mars gained recognition for his debut album in 2010, which featured hits such as “Just the Way You Are” “Grenade” and “The Lazy Song.” Bruno Mars has continued to produce chart-topping albums and singles throughout his career including “Unorthodox Jukebox” (2012) and “24K Magic” (2016), which created hits such as “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Treasure,” and the title track “24K Magic.” However, in 2013, Mars admitted to Rolling Stone that executives “had trouble categorizing him”, and were unsure which radio stations would play his songs, or to which ethnic group he would appeal.

Yet beyond his musical accomplishments, Bruno Mars has won multiple Grammy Awards and is celebrated for his songwriting, producing, and performing talents. His contributions have left a lasting impact on the music world, making him one of his generation’s most recognizable and respected artists.

Elle Pierre

Project Race Teen Vice-President



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