A fantastic singer & songwriter with many awards in his cabinet proving his talent. If you’re a fan, check out these top thirty fun facts on Bruno Mars.
Bruno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez. His stage name, “Bruno Mars”, was inspired by the wrestler Bruno Samartino, because as a child Bruno was confident, independent and strong-willed, like the wrestler. The ‘Mars’ came along because girls used to say he was “out of this world”, so he used the planet Mars as his last name.
Bruno Mars was born on 8th October 1986 in Waikiki, Hawaii.
His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist and his mother, Bernadette (Bernie), was a singer.
He was one of six children!
At the age of 4, Bruno performed with his family’s band, The Love Notes, as an Elvis impersonator.
Growing up, Mars said he was heavily influenced by Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, and even had the nickname of “Little Elvis”.
Bruno Mars is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent.
Bruno’s fans are known as Hooligans.
He attended Roosevelt High School, where he and friends formed a band called “The School Boys”. This helped him become comfortable and confident on stage.
As well as an extremely talented singer, he also plays his famous piano, the drums, bass and guitar!
When Bruno was 15 years old, he had a crush on his teacher (over twice his age) and he gave her a love letter with his mums ring in, which he had stolen from her. The teacher told his mother, and gave her the ring back.
His favorite color is red.
Bruno Mars’ favorite food is Chicken Adobo, which is the national dish of the Philippines.
Once graduating Hugh School he moved to Los Angeles, where he then started writing songs. He says the reason for this is because when he was in Hawaii, he never really needed to write.
In the early 2000’s, Bruno started to find success by writing songs for many popular artists, including Flo Rida’s “Right Round”, Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” and K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag”, which was the theme song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
On 19th September 2010, Bruno was arrested for possession of cocaine in a Las Vegas casino bathroom , he was carrying 2.6 grams.
Mars broke out as a singer in 2010 with his hit “Nothin’ on You”.
The first song Bruno wrote was called ‘Sugar Mama’, although he admits it was horrible!
He has also admitted that he hates his own hit, The Lazy Song.
His hit single, Grenade was his 3rd single to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts!
Early 2012, Bruno got his first dog, named Geronimo.
One of his favorite television shows is Family Guy.
In 2011, his single, “It Will Rain,” was included in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack.
“Locked Out of Heaven”, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks! It also made it in the Top 10 in 20 different countries! “When I Was Your Man,” also reached No. 1.
He was selected to play at the Superbowl on 2nd February 2014.
Bruno has four tattoos, a gypsy on his left forearm, an anchor on his right forearm, his mother’s name on his right shoulder, and “Pete’s boy” on his left bicep.
According to Bruno’a mom Bernie, when Bruno was in high school, he would go to school not with books, but with a guitar/ukulele.
Out of desperation, Bruno Mars once accepted a job as a DJ. But because he doesn’t know a thing about DJing, he was fired right after his first gig.
At age 4, Bruno Mars was known as “Little Elvis”. He was the youngest professional Elvis Presley impersonator. He appeared in the movie “Honeymoon in Vegas” as Little Elvis.