Bruno Mars (born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985) is an American pop/R&B singer/songwriter. After bursting onto the scene with his song "Nothin' on You" (2010) with the rapper Bo B and the song "Billionaire" (2010) with Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, he has become a very popular artist. He has won ten awards, and has been nominated for 65. His debut album has sold over two million copies and has been certified double-platinum in the USA. His song "Uptown Funk!", a collaboration with British DJ Mark Ronson, is one of the best-selling songs of all time. He also performed at Super Bowl XLVIII and 50. He is a member of the production trio called The Smeezingtons, who have produced his own songs as well as for others.
- Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)
- Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)
- 24K Magic (2016)
'Cause you make me feel like/I've been troped out of Heaven:
- Adult Fear: "Grenade" is a song about an abusive relationship that implicitly ends in the victim committing suicide.
- All Take and No Give: "Grenade" starts off by calling out the woman of affection for being guilty of this:
- Easy come, easy go,
that's just how you live, oh
take, take, take it all,
but you never give...
- Analogy Backfire: "Gorilla". As Todd in the Shadows notes, a gorilla's penis is only an inch and a half long.
- Badass Boast / Boastful Rap:
- "Uptown Funk", a track where he talks about how hot he is and that his band is about that money. And he raps in the quiet part of the bridge before the last chorus. Plus, there's that line: "Don't believe me, just watch!", which is a boast in and of itself.
- "24K Magic" absolutely fits this trope to a T. "That's What I Like", in a similar vein to T.I.'s "Whatever You Like", also boasts about how rich he is, although in a way that he can give anything to the girl in the song.
- Be Yourself:
- "Just the Way You Are".
- These lines from "Uptown Funk":If you're sexy then flaunt it,
If you're freaky then own it!
- Bittersweet Ending: "When I Was Your Man". The "bitter" part is the narrator realizing that there's nothing he can do to mend his relationship with his ex. The "sweet" part comes in when he tells her that all he wants now is for her to be happy with her new boyfriend and for him to avoid the mistakes he made.
- The Casanova: The narrator of "Runaway Baby".
- Chivalrous Pervert: Essentially the impression you'll get if you average all his lyrics and leave out "Natalie". May have once been this in real life, but now has stated that he prefers being monogamous.
- Coitus Uninterruptus: In "Gorilla":
- Cool Shades: Seen sporting these a lot.
- Crossover: Started his career by appearing on B.o.B. and Travie McCoy's songs, and later was a guest in Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters". On the other hand there's B.o.B. and Cee Lo Green in "The Other Side", and Damian Marley in "Liquor Store Blues".
- Dance Sensation: In "The Lazy Song" he mentions "learning how to Dougie".
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In "The Lazy Song", he speaks of being able to "put my hand in my pants" because "nobody will tell me I can't."
- Decade-Themed Filter: Three of his music videos such as "Locked Out of Heaven", "Treasure", and "When I Was Your Man" were rendered into late 1970s style videos up to the video quality and all.
- Downer Ending: "Grenade". The narrator finds himself permanently trapped in an abusive relationship because as much as he hates her for it, he still can't bring himself to break up with his girlfriend and the music video implies that he tries to escape by killing himself.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted in "Grenade".
- Dress Hits Floor: Zendaya does this in the "Versace on the Floor" video.
- Driven to Suicide: In the ending of the "Grenade" video. Mars discovers his girlfriend making out with another man while pretending Mars didn't arrive at their door, causing him to drag his piano onto a set of train tracks. In complete sorrow, Mars plays the piano he placed on the train tracks until an oncoming train destroys them both.
- Drowning My Sorrows: "Liquor Store Blues".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys:
- The video for "The Lazy Song" has dancers in monkey suits.
- There's a gorilla on the cover of the Unorthodox Jukebox cover, and of course the actual song "Gorilla" on the same.
- Expecting Someone Taller/Fun Size: He's just under 5'4".
- Genre Throwback: One of his specialties. "Treasure" is a throwback to disco, "Locked Out of Heaven" is explicitly an Homage to The Police, "Gorilla" is an emulation of Prince, and his guest spot on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" is a throwback to, well, '70s-style funk. Everything in 24K Magic ranges from James Brown influenced funk to New Jack Swing and late 90s/early 2000s Hip Hop and R&B.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: 24K Magic lacks a parental advisory warning, despite the Title Track containing a few utterances of "Shit"
- Gold Digger: The titular character of "Natalie".
- Hashtag Rap: "24K Magic", oddly, has a Lampshaded example:We too freshGot to blame it on JesusHashtag blessed
- Hotter and Sexier: The songs on Unorthodox Jukebox are much more explicitly sexual in nature than the preceding album. It also got a Parental Advisory label whereas Doo-Wops didn't.
- The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: "Natalie" is about the titular gold digger taking Bruno's money...and then he goes after her with the intent to kill.
- Intercourse with You:
- "Our First Time", "Locked Out Of Heaven," and "Versace on the Floor."
- "Gorilla" is the most explicit song on Unorthodox Jukebox, getting filthy with the animalistic similes. The remix (with verses from Pharrell and R. Kelly) is even more extreme.
- In the Style of...: The general consensus is that "Locked Out of Heaven" is extremely influenced by the sound of The Police, particularly "Message in a Bottle" and "Roxanne". Bruno himself admitted that when he was initially writing the song, the key it was in made him sing in a sufficiently high register to resemble Sting, and he then decided to play up the similarity and record it as an homage to The Police.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The end of "When I Was Your Man".I hope he buys you flowersI hope he holds your handGives you all his hours when he has the chanceTakes you to every party because I remember how much you loved to danceDo all the things I should've doneWhen I was your man
- Just the Way You Are: "Just the Way You Are", obviously. To our younger tropers, Mars's song is not the Trope Namer; that would be Billy Joel's song of the same name.
- Large Ham: If these lines in "24K Magic" are any indication...Got to blame it on Jesus!/Hashtag #blessed (They ain't ready for me, UH!)
- Lazy Bum: The Lazy Song
- Love Makes You Crazy/Dumb: Several of his songs.
- Lyrical Dissonance: A lot of his songs sound upbeat and have lots of energy, but the lyrics themselves can be pretty depressing.
- MadonnaWhore Complex: Attempts to talk a woman out of this mindset in "Show Me".
- Melancholy Moon: "Talking to the Moon", about trying to reach a distant (or possibly deceased) lover.
- Mixed Ancestry: He's half-Filipino (with some distant Spanish ancestry), quarter-Ashkenazi Jewish, and quarter-Puerto Rican.
- Murder Ballad: "Natalie". She ran away with all his money, and she did it for fun. Now he's diggin' a ditch for that gold diggin' bitch.
- Nice Hat: Frequently sports a fedora. Later a cap with "XXIV", roman numerals for 24, for 24k Magic.
- Ode to Apathy: His aptly-titled "Lazy Song" is about him lazing around all day and doing nothing, not even giving a care to the world for one moment. The music video makes it extravagant with the addition of people in monkey masks dancing to the laid back tune and Leonard Nimoy playing a version of himself that is a gigantic jerk and is lazing around in his pijama.Today I don't feel like doing anythingI just wanna lay in my bedDon't feel like picking up my phoneSo leave a message at the tone'Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything
- Older Than They Look: Does he look like he's just over 30?
- One-Woman Song: "Natalie", although it's not a love song, but rather a murder song.
- Pretty Boy: Oh boy, is he ever. The voice helps.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Grenade", though he still loves her.
- Refrain from Assuming:
- "When I Was Your Man" has a handful of phrases in the chorus that one could see it as, but the title is not said until the very end of the song.
- "Uptown Funk" is not "Don't Believe Me Just Watch". Although the latter phrase is not said more (in the radio edit they are both said 18 times, in the album/single version the former is said 30), it is probably the phrase you will remember more in the long run.
- His performance at the 2011 Grammys included a performance of "Grenade" in the style of an old soul song.
- "Treasure" from Unorthodox Jukebox appears to be a throwback to '70s disco, as does the video with all its Soul Train/Solid Gold-style lighting artifacts, greenscreen effects and thinner-than-widescreen resolution.
- The video for "Locked Out of Heaven", aside from the stylistic nod to The Police, imitates old-school video tape recordings.
- 24K Magic is sprinkled all over with 90s R&B. The video for "Finesse" is complete with music video cinematography from that era and the 4:3 aspect ratio.
- Stage Names: It comes from both his childhood similarity to wrestler Bruno Sammartino, and that "I felt like I didn't have [any] pizzazz, and a lot of girls say Im out of this world, so I was like I guess I'm from Mars".
- The Power of Friendship: "Count on Me".
- The numerous Retraux effects in the "Treasure" music video show very obvious nods to the music video for "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
- "Uptown Funk"'s refrain of "Uptown Funk you up" is a reference to "Funk You Right On Up" by The Sequence, one of the first commercial rap songs (it was even the b-side to "Rapper's Delight").
- The video for "Finesse" is a direct homage to the '90s series In Living Color!.
- His Stage Name is a tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino.
- The Slacker: In "The Lazy Song".
- Something Blues: "Liquor Store Blues".
- Stupid Sacrifice: In "Grenade", the narrator would die for someone who doesn't love him back.
- Vocal Dissonance At times his voice is feminine.
- When She Smiles: In "Just the Way You Are":
- "And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while."
- For too lon-on-ong
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