The Biography of Bruno Mars

Updated on June 2, 2020
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Bruno Mars Biography

Peter Gene Hernendez, famously known as Bruno Mars, is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer from America. He was born on 8th October 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His dad, Peter Hernendez is partly Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi while his mom, Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, is of Filipino and Spanish ancestry.

The singer got his nickname “Bruno” from his dad, because of how he resembles Bruno Sammartino (a famous wrestler).

Mars has five other siblings and his music-oriented family introduced him to a wide array of music genres. At age five, the artist started to perform weekly in Hawaii alongside his family’s band called, “The Love Notes.” Unfortunately, his parents divorced each other when Mars was 12 years old, and the split caused the band to come to an end.

I’ve been a huge fan of Bruno Mars for the longest time. His singing talent, sense of style and good looks are amazing. "Grenade" is my most favorite Bruno Mars song, because it expresses deep love emotions and is accompanied by excellent vocals and musical beats.

Famous Hits from Bruno Mars

As a huge fan of Bruno Mars, I believe he is incredibly talented. Here are some of his best songs of all time.

1. "Just the Way You Are"

Released in 2010, "Just the Way You Are" compliments the beauty of a woman. It won the artist a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2011. Additionally, the jam peaked at position one on the United States Billboard 100 chart and was also number one in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada charts. In 2011, the single emerged winner at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards for Most Performed Song. The following year (2012) it won the same award in addition to Song of the Year award.

2. "Locked Out of Heaven"

Another Bruno Mars is "Locked Out of Heaven," which was released in 2012 as a lead single in the artist’s second studio album. Mars wrote the song in collaboration with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine. The lyrics in “Locked Out of heaven” are about euphoric emotions ignited by a relationship imbued with positive feelings. Fans of Mars received the song well and the video won many awards and nominations including the Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards of 2013.

3. "Nothin’ on You"

"Nothin’ on You" is a collaboration between American rapper B.o.B and Bruno Mars. It was released in 2009 and was originally composed for Lupe Fiasco, but Craig Kallman (chairman of Atlantic Records) gave it to B.o.B after he wasn’t satisfied with Fiasco’s version. Lyrically, the jam targets the heart of a woman by flattering her and telling her she’s special. “Nothin’ on You” attained top position in the US, UK and other countries. In addition, it received triple platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, one platinum certification by Australian Recording Industry Association as well as Music Canada.

4. "Treasure"

"Treasure" is a track from Bruno Mars’ second studio album called Unorthodox Jukebox. It was written by Mars, Ari Levine, Phredley Brown and Philip Lawrence and was released in 2013. The single ranked highly in the US, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, France, and Canada and was platinum certified for four times by the Recording Industry Association of America. It was also certified twice platinum by Music Canada and Australian Recording Industry Association.

5. "It Will Rain"

Recorded by Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain" was released in 2011 on iTunes by Atlantic Records. It was the lead single from the film, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part1”, soundtrack. Mars wrote “It Will Rain” in conjunction with The Smeezingtons (the singer’s production team). Lyrically speaking, the jam tells about the pain and torment that comes with heartbreak. At the ASCAP Pop Music Awards of 2013, “It Will Rain” won an award for the Most Performed Song.

Other amazing hits from Bruno Mars include:

  • "BLOW" (2019)
  • "Please Me" (2019)
  • "Wake Up in the Sky" (2018)
  • "That’s What I Like" (2016)
  • "24K Magic" (2016)
  • "Finesse" (2016)
  • "Versace on the Floor" (2016)
  • "Chunky" (2016)
  • "Uptown Funk" (2015)
  • "Gorilla" (2012)
  • "Young Girls" (2012)
  • "When I Was Your Man" (2012)
  • "The Lazy Song" (2011)
  • "Marry You" (2010)
  • "Runaway Baby" (2010)
  • "Grenade" (2010)
  • "Court on Me" (2010)
  • "Talking to the Moon" (2010)

That’s not the extensive list of Bruno’s songs, because he has released at least 31 hits as of February 2020.

Bruno Mars Net Worth

Having sold more than 130 million records globally, Bruno Mars is among the bestselling musicians of all time. In July 2019, the artist was ranked at number 54 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List, because he had already earned $51.5 million for that year. Overall, Bruno Mars has an estimated net worth of $175 million.

Bruno Mars Dating History

Bruno is very open about his musical talent. However, when it comes to sharing his love life details, the artist maintains a low profile. Nonetheless, he has been spotted with several women since he hit stardom status, including:

  • Jessica Caban—A fashion model and actress from America
  • Amelle Berrabah—A singer, songwriter and former member of UK’s “Sugababes”
  • Rocsi (Raquel Roxanne)—An American TV personality and model. She hosted 106&Park (BET show) from 2006-2012
  • Rita Ora—British musician and actress
  • Chanel Malvar—A backup dancer

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      Alice Njambi 

      6 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for the compliment Margaret Minnicks!

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Very well written. Thanks for sharing details about Bruno Mars.


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