Written by Giavanna Foster

Five-time Grammy winner Bruno Mars is a multi-talented pop singer and songwriter. Bruno Mars created buzz on Billboard and Twitter after his recent performances. Mars’ career is achieving new heights on social media, and he now has over 28.1 million Twitter followers. On March 5, he will receive the iHeartRadio Innovator Award. Here’s the scoop:

Bruno Mars’ guitar skills were showcased during a classic Prince tribute at the 59th Grammys. Mars also dressed like Prince with a signature frilled white blouse and purple jacket. He gave an electrifying performance on a white electric guitar during the tribute. The purple lighting and effects helped light up the stage during this Prince tribute.

During the performance, Entertainment Weekly tweeted that “Bruno Mars’ tribute to Prince was SO perfect”.

After the Grammys, Bruno Mars’ “Let’s Go Crazy” Prince tribute resulted in a 338 percent sales increase of the original tune. “Let’s Go Crazy” achieved a weekly total of over 984,000 streams, and 67 percent came from Spotify plays. Mars’ outstanding guitar solo displayed technicality that captivated the crowd and viewers. He had total synchronicity with the band. Bruno Mars’ “Let’s Go Crazy” solo lit up the Staples Center. It was one of the main highlights of this tribute. Missed the guitar solo? You can watch it below:

Bruno Mars performed his new single, “That’s What I Like”, at the 2017 Brit awards. This fun performance featured colorful lighting as well as a soulful breakdown with Philip Lawrence and Kameron T. Whalum. Mars and the band wore matching blue color-blocked outfits. This performance has over 2.4 million YouTube views. See the performance below:

On February 24, Billboard confirmed Bruno Mars’ first No. 1 R&B debut with “That’s What I Like”. “That’s What I Like” at the Grammys, he returned to the No. 1 position of Billboard’s #Artist100. The digital sales for this song skyrocketed by 308 percent. During the Grammys performance, Mars talked to the audience. Then Bruno Mars sang a soulful breakdown with Philip Lawrence and Kameron T. Whalum. This performance has over 2 million YouTube views. See the performance below:

Bruno Mars’ authentic style blends pop, R&B, soul, and funk music. Mars is one of the best-selling artists of all time, as he has sold over 100 million albums and singles. The RIAA lists Mars as the 9th-bestselling digital-single artist, with a list of certified multi-platinum singles. “Uptown Funk” is certified 11x platinum, and “Just the Way You Are” is certified 9x platinum. Also, Mars performed at the Super Bowl 48 and 50 halftime shows. On March 5, Mars will receive the iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio music awards.

“I’m incredibly honored to be presented with this year’s iHeartRadio Innovator Award,” Mars remarked. “I’m excited to take the stage for the first time at the annual iHeartRadio Music Awards.”

Mars joins Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, who have also received the prestigious iHeartRadio Innovator Award.

From left to right: Tom Poleman, John Sykes (Billboard.com)

“We are proud to have Bruno join Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and U2 in the elite group of iHeartRadio Innovators,” John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia, said in a statement. “From the start of his career Bruno has been fearless in his approach to all things creative. This award was made for him.”

“Bruno Mars has raised the bar for both performers and musicians worldwide,” added Tom Poleman, president of the national programming group for iHeartMedia. “Not only does he have incredible passion for his craft, but he has the talent to back it up. Bruno has reinvented music pop culture and we are honored to present him with one of the most prominent awards of the evening.”

The iHeartRadio music awards will take place at the Forum. It will be televised March 5 on TBS, TNT, and truTV. Ryan Seacrest will host this year’s #iHeartAwards. Click here for more information.

 

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