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Bruno Mars (The Smeezingtons)

 It might seem that Bruno Mars appeared out of nowhere, co-writing, producing and performing on B.o.B's #1 'Nothin' On You,' followed by Travie McCoy's chart-climbing 'Billionaire,' but the multitalented musician is not an overnight success. Born to a musical family in Honolulu, HI, Mars was practically raised on the stage. His father, a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, organized a Vegas-style revue that featured the entire family – including his mother, a talented vocalist.  As soon as he graduated high school, Mars left Hawaii for Los Angeles to launch his career as a performer. Those dreams got put on hold, however, when The Smeezingtons, the songwriting/production team he founded with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, suddenly took off. The trio has crafted major hits for a diverse roster of talent, including Flo Rida's 'Right Round,' Travie McCoy's 'Billionaire,' Brandy's 'Long Distance,' Cee Lo Green “F**k You (Forget You),” and K'Naan's 'Waving Flags.” In 2010, Mars released his debut album as a solo performer, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, with lead single, “Just The Way You Are,” reaching the top of the Billboard charts in no time, earning Mars the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy in 2011. The album as well as the second single, “Grenade,” were nominated for a total of six 2012 Grammy Awards, including a Producer of the Year nomination for The Smeezingtons.

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