Bruno Mars

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One-on-one with Hawaii-born Bruno Mars

LOS ANGELES (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii-born Bruno Mars scored seven Grammy nominations, second only to Eminem.

Teri Okita sat down with the singer in a one-on-one interview from Los Angeles.

Life has definitely changed for Hawaii's own Bruno Mars.

"It's chiz-anged, is what I like to say!", said Mars.

He's had a string of hit songs and collaborations with some of music's biggest stars. Even legends like Janet Jackson want to work with him.

"I've been in love with Janet Jackson since I was seven years old so, Miss Jackson, I'm here waiting for you", said Mars.

It was that seven year old that performed for audiences in Waikiki as "Little Elvis". He even played the part in the film, "Honeymoon in Vegas".

As a teen, he became a Michael Jackson impersonator. Then, after graduating from Roosevelt High, he took his talents to Tinseltown. Some lean years followed.

"Borrowing money. Good old mom sending up some money. A lot of stuff like that where, I know that I was getting close. I was meeting with the right people but it wasn't on my time, and that's what I think people gotta realize. It's never going to be on your time. It's going to line up when it's gonna line up", said Mars.

Mars began successfully producing songs for others, and at age 25, he finally struck gold this year, and lots of it as a solo artist.

"Nothin' On You" is his favorite, since it was the first time he'd heard himself on the radio.

"Nothin' On You took us over around a year just to write. We had, "beautiful girls, all over the world". We had that part for about a year, until finally, we came up with this track and we kind of finished it", said Mars.

He now has a bigger entourage, and when his mainland handlers initially turned me down for this interview, it was his mother, Bernie, who stepped in, reminding them of his Hawaii roots. They quickly obliged.

These days, Mars' hectic schedule keeps him on the road. Europe is next, but when he does make it back to Hawaii, he heads straight for the plate lunch.

"I like to get poke. I like to go to Zippy's. I like to go to Rainbows. I like to go to Sorabol", said Mars.

Mars says he hasn't really been able to take a step back and let the success of this year sink in. For now, he'll just keep doing what comes naturally, one hit at a time.

Mars has had a lot of attention this year, not all of it good.

Monday, his lawyers are expected to enter a guilty plea in a Las Vegas courtroom for him on a felony cocaine charge.

In September, he was found with 2 1/2 grams of cocaine.

If he pays a fine, does community service, and stays clean, this will be wiped from his record and he won't serve jail time.

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From MJ and Elvis impersonator to becoming a Grammy-winning collaborator/superstar & possibly working with Janet Jackson!

Wow, would love to see him work with Miss Janet! :nuts:
 

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Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars announce joint North American tour



After performing at the Grammys together on Sunday, Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars will team up for a North American co-headlining tour the two announced on their sites Tuesday.

Mars, who nabbed the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance award at the Grammys, will tour with Monae on what has been named the "Hooligans in Wondaland" tour in May and June. British singer/rapper Plan B set to open on select dates.

Tour dates have yet to be announced but fans can get pre-sale tickets on February 17.

Mars recently made a plea deal on Friday for his September cocaine arrest. The singer agreed to pay a $2,000 fine and complete drug counseling and 200 hours of community service and if he completes those terms and stays out of trouble for the next year, the felony cocaine possession charge will be dismissed.

"Bruno is very appreciative he is being given this opportunity as a first offender not to suffer any conviction and instead to have his charge dismissed," Blair Berk, Mars' defense attorney told The Associated Press. "He is taking all of this quite seriously."

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This is amazing news! I love them both and hope they'll come to Chicago!!!!

Also LOL at how they have the same hairdo, especially in these pictures! XDDD
 

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If you're wondering about pre-sale information, here is what Bruno's official site is saying:

What's more, you will get a chance to purchase presale tickets and presale ticket bundles that come with a meet & greet with Bruno or early entry into the venue along with a membership in the official Bruno Mars fan club launching later this spring. Complete presale information will be available beginning Wednesday, February 16th right here on BrunoMars.com

Pre-production is currently underway on the companion video for Mars’ next single, “The Lazy Song.” The clip will be filmed in Los Angeles later this week.
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Hooligans In Wondaland Tour Dates Announced!

Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae Hooligans in Wondaland tour dates announced! See below or hit the tour section for all the info. Fan club presale begins on Thursday 2/17 and public on-sale starts Saturday 2/26. See ya there!



Weds 5-4 @ Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
Sat 5-7 @ Agganis Arena Boston, MA
Sun 5-8 @ Susquehanna Bank Ctr. Camden, NJ
Tue 5-10 @ Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
Weds 5-11 @ Fillmore Miami Beach Miami Beach, FL
Tues 5-17 @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prarie Grand Prarie, TX
Weds 5-18 @ Reliant Arena Houston, TX
Fri 5-20 @ Jubliee CityFest Montgomery, AL
Sun 5-22 @ Caesars Windsor Windsor, ON
Tues 5-24 @ Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
Weds 5-25 @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium St. Paul, MN
Fri 5-27 @ Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
Sat 5-28 @ Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO
Sun 5-29 @ 1st Bank Center Broomfield, CO
Mon 5-30 @ McKay Events Center Oren, UT
Thurs 6-2 @ WAMU Theater @ Qwest Field Seattle, WA
Fri 6-3 @ Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC
Sat 6-4 @ Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
Tues 6-7 @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino Reno, NV
Weds 6-8 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditiorium San Francisco, CA
Fri 6-10 @ Spotlight 29 Casino Coachella, CA
Sat 6-11 @ San Diego County Fair Del Mar, CA
Sun 6-12 @ Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA
Weds 6-15 @ Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ

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Imma try to get in on tomorrow's presale! :graucho:
 

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Bruno Mars accepts deal to avoid prosecution on drug charge



(CNN) -- Singer Bruno Mars appeared in a Las Vegas, Nevada, court Wednesday morning to accept a "deferred adjudication" deal on a drug charge, his lawyer Blair Berk confirmed.

Mars will avoid prosecution if he stays out of trouble for the next year, gets eight hours of drug counseling, does 200 hours of community service and pays a $2,000 fine, according to terms of a deal accepted in court Wednesday.

The 25-year-old was arrested in a casino restroom last September, allegedly with 2.6 grams of cocaine in the left front pocket of his jeans, police said.

The resolution of the singer's legal trouble comes three days after Mars won a Grammy for best male pop vocal performance and received a standing ovation for his onstage Grammy performance with Janelle Monae.

Mars and Monae announced Wednesday they will start touring the United States together in May.

Under the "deferred adjudication" agreement of the felony drug charge, the district attorney will not pursue the charge for 12 months as long as Mars complies with terms of their deal, Berk said. After a year, the charge would be dropped.

Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was riding high on the music charts when he was arrested last year.

His single, "Just the Way You Are," shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that month. His latest single, "Grenade," is currently at the top of the charts.

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^^Thanks for sharing novella!!

I hope he learns his lesson after this. I'm sure he is a great guy too! I can't wait to see him in concert!!!
 

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Bruno's Homecoming Concert in Hawaii

Bruno's father surprised him with a framed Gold copy of his album. Eric, Bruno's father, Bruno Mars, Mayor Carlisle, and Tom Moffatt backstage.

(Courtesy of Honolulupulse.com)​
 

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^ That's a great picture. Thanks for sharing!

I just got my Bruno Mars Fan Club Early Entry Bundle ticket. YEAH!!! :happydance: :yahoo: