Bruno Mars and his pompadour are ready to rock MetLife Stadium at Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday. The celebrated Grammy-winning artist is more than ready for the challenge, but his relatively drama-free life (for a celebrity) oddly seems to have drummed up some doubters.
Sure, Bruno Mars can’t claim the level of notoriety that his pop star contemporaries have–he hasn’t sexed things up by gyrating with a foam finger, been arrested for a DUI, or interrupted an awards show–but notoriety does not talent make.
If Exhibit A in an earlier post wasn’t enough to convince you that Bruno was born to perform (The Elvis lip curl! The stage presence! Those adorable cheeks!), let’s look at the following evidence:
Exhibit B: Mixing it up
Bruno, born Peter Hernandez to Puerto Rican and Jewish father and a Filipina mother, grew up in a household that celebrated music regularly. He was an Elvis impersonator from a very young age (seriously, go watch Exhibit A). Before he made his debut as a solo artist, he was a songwriter collaborating with artists such as Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Travie McCoy, B.o.B.
Bruno Mars’ music stylistically is influenced by a myriad of artists: Elvis, Michael Jackson, Sting, Elton John, Bob Marley, the greats of Motown, and more. His eclectic music was on full display in his first album, Doo-Wops and Hooligans, and it’s even more pronounced in Unorthodox Jukebox, which won for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards last week.
That’s the beauty in Bruno’s music–many of his songs have multi-generational appeal, and while the influences are obvious, the sound and the heart is is own. Kids sing and dance along to a Kidz Bop version of Locked Out of Heaven (cleanup up a little, obviously). He has multiple songs taking over the airwaves, played on Top 40 and easy listening stations alike. We dance to remixes of his songs in dance clubs. My mom, who’s a sucker for a great classic ballad, plays When I Was Your Man on repeat. (No, seriously, I’m afraid to ask her about the actual play count).
Exhibit C: Live evidence
I’ll leave you with these three videos of Bruno performing live, the first–When I Was Your Man on NBC’s The Voice, Locked Out of Heaven from the 2013 Grammy’s and an electric MTV VMA performance of Gorilla, all from Unorthodox Jukebox. His charisma and his voice have magical powers–no matter how he’s expressing himself on stage, he always has this cool as a cucumber aura that’s straight out of the Rat Pack.
Don’t touch that remote during halftime, unless it’s to put the volume up and dance around. Enjoy the Bruno Mars Halftime Show!