At just 28 years old, Bruno Mars has already made his mark on the music scene. He’s attracted legions of fans, racked up a sackful of music and video awards, and shows no signs of slowing in his ascension to pop music legend. But on top of all the fame and fortune, Bruno Mars is just a likeable guy—he’s talented, affable, and doesn’t take himself too seriously, plus he’s cute! Here are just five things to love about pop sensation Bruno Mars—we’re sure there are many more.
#1. He was an Elvis impersonator—as a child! Encouraged by his uncle who was an Elvis impersonator, Mars began his impersonation career at the tender age of three. He even had a small role in Honeymoon in Vegas, where he played “Little Elvis.” Later in his childhood, he started impersonating one of his great musical influences, Michael Jackson.
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#2. He’s multi-talented! Mars grew up in a musical family–his mother was a dancer and both parents were singers in the family band. Mars knows how to play keyboard, bass, drums and guitar, and he showed off his skills at the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show, which he headlined.
#3. He has talent to spare. Prior to and after becoming a star in his own right, Bruno Mars was writing songs for other artists. He wrote or co-wrote a number of hits performed by others, including Flo Rida’s “Right ‘Round,” Brandy’s “Long Distance,” Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” and K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag. “Perhaps his best known songwriting collaboration is with Cee Lo Green, with whom he co-wrote Green’s infectious hit, “F**k You.”
#4. He loves to put on a show. Since he started touring to support his debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars has built a reputation as an energetic, dynamic live performer. His performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards, where he won Album of the Year for his debut disc, Doo-Wops & Hooligans was heralded as a break-out. Prior to his much-lauded Super Bowl halftime performance, Mars told a press conference: “No matter where I perform, it’s my job to uplift the people—whether I’m performing at a graduation party, wedding, bar mitzvah, Grammys, Super Bowl, I’m gonna give it all I got… I hope to get people dancing and get people smiling. If you ever come to my shows, it’s just us up there with these songs and our instruments. I hope that’s enough.”
#5. He’s got style. From his trademark pompadour and fedora to his retro rock and roll duds, Bruno Mars shows he’s a man who knows how to dress. His classic but edgy look—he often pairs a tailored jacket with jeans, hi-tops, sunglasses and earthy jewelry. Oh, and he can rock a gold lame blazer! And did we mention he’s cute?