More Reasons to Love Bruno Mars: Hidden-Camera Prank and Inspirational Speech

There are many reasons to love singer-songwriter and record producer Bruno Mars. Within these past few months alone, Mars has shown us a number of impressive achievements. He recently won best pop vocal album for “Unorthodox Jukebox” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. While accepting this award, Mars won our hearts over with a heart-felt dedication to this late mother.

Additionally, Mars was nominated for three more Grammys including record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance.

He then kicked off 2014 with an amazing Super Bowl Halftime Show alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers. The performance attracted 115.3 million viewers — the largest audience in Super Bowl history.

If his talent isn’t enough to win you over, maybe his humor will. Mars recently joined Ellen Degeneres to take part in one of her famous hidden-camera pranks. Mars had to say and do everything Ellen directed him to do through an earpiece.

The victim of this prank? A nurse who had to deal with the fussy singer’s sore throat. Aside from dealing with Mars’ ramblings about potato chips, the nurse also had to deal with a patient who refused to be touched. Mars, of course, was adorable as he hid his face to hide his laughter.  Watch the full prank below.

 

 

After the prank, Mars joined Ellen for an interview and addressed criticism he had received from the New York Times. Apparently they did not think of him as a top star because of his lack of presence in tabloids and the fact that he doesn’t have a fragrance. Rather than let these comments get to him, Mars gave an inspirational response which made us all love him more.

That was by far the most disgusting thing I think I’ve heard. Not because it was taking a shot at me … but I was just thinking about aspiring young musicians who wanna do this … Any young aspiring musician out there if music is what you want to do, music is what you love, your passion, it doesn’t take a fragrance, it’s not about the tabloids, its about you putting in the work, practicing everyday… and hopefully one day you write a song the whole world wants to get down to.

 

And I promise you, one day you will have your moment to shine and you’re going to have a lot of people who are going to tell you can’t do it,” Bruno continued. “I promise you, if you sing and put your heart and soul into it, one day you will be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres and talk about how you broke records and rocked the Super Bowl!

 

 

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Bruno Mars Had The Most-Watched Super Bowl Halftime Show EVER

Bruno Mars recently won best pop vocal album for “Unorthodox Jukebox” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Additionally, Bruno Mars was nominated for three more Grammys including record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance.

Mars is clearly off to an amazing start for 2014, but his most recent achievement certainly takes the cake.

His much-anticipated Super Bowl performance alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers became a historic moment. The performance attracted 115.3 million viewers — the largest audience in Super Bowl history.

Prior to Bruno Mars, Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance held the record at 114 million. Beyonce’s performance last year had an audience of 110.8 million, but Bruno Mars was even able to beat Queen Bey.

This year’s Super Bowl game had an average viewing audience of 111.5 million viewers. Once again, this is the largest number in Super Bowl history.

“An old-fashioned charmer with old-fashioned talent, Mars is probably the most wholesome star in Top 40 pop right now,” LA Times writes. “Not to mention the one whose skill set most readily overlaps with that of the legends of yesteryear. He’s not afraid to sing about sex, but he’s also deeply unlikely to flash any skin — a reassuring prospect to NFL brass still haunted by a glimpse of Janet Jackson’s nipple 10 years ago.

 

 

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Bruno Mars Dedicates His Grammy To His Late Mother

 

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, who is of Filipino descent, won best pop vocal album for “Unorthodox Jukebox” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night.

Mars, 28, was nominated for three more Grammys, including record of the year and song of the year for his hit song “Locked Out of Heaven” and best pop solo performance for “When I Was Your Man.” This is the second Grammy win for Mars, who won best male pop vocal performance for “Just the Way You Are” in 2011.

The most memorable part of Bruno’s acceptance speech? His heartfelt dedication to his mother.

“Ma, I know you’re watching,” Mars said in his acceptance speech, dedicating his win to his mother, who died unexpectedly back in June 2013. “I hope you’re smiling. I love you very much.”

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“It’s been five months and we’re still grieving — we’re still dealing with it and time hasn’t really healed much,” said Bruno’s sister Tiara in a November 2013 interview with ET. ”We all have each other, which makes it easier,” Tahiti added.

Bruno’s four sisters, otherwise known as the singing group The Lylas, began documenting their rise to stardom in a new non-scripted series that premiered on WEtv in early November, simply titled The Lylas. In the midst of taping, the tragedy of their mother’s death occurred and the show focused on the girls dealing with their loss. After having initial concerns with a reality show, the girls found comfort in watching the footage of their mother.

“We’re so grateful to have documented our last few special moments with our mother,” says Jaime in an interview with Audrey Magazine, “that all of [the concerns of doing a reality show] are out the window.”

 

 

The Lylas: Much More Than JUST The Sisters of Bruno Mars

Story by Jimmy Lee. 

There is nothing in life quite like family. Your parents are the source of your being, and it is family members who can offer support and comfort, unconditionally. But those same people can also cause stress and frustration to the point where you wish you were dead. And no matter how much they piss you off or cause you grief — like the umpteenth time they nag you about being single into your late 30s — there’s no escape from them, because they will always be family.

For the Hernandezes of Honolulu, there is something else that binds them: music. And there’s one fortunate son who’s made quite a name for himself doing just that: Peter Hernandez, better known as Bruno Mars. But now his four sisters — Jaime, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley — want to demonstrate just how deeply the musical talent runs in their brood. Together, they’re The Lylas, and their journey to hopefully becoming the next pop stars in the family is documented in a new non-scripted series that premiered on WEtv in early November, simply titled The Lylas.

Now, before you start to roll your eyes about another gaggle of girls from the same family having their lives captured on camera, this quartet of women had some of the same thoughts. “Before we signed up to do a reality show, we weren’t 100 percent behind it. There’s a stigma with reality shows,” says eldest sister Jaime. “Are people going to laugh at us? Is it going to flop? Is it going to do well? Are we going to take it seriously?”

Watching the first episode, you’ll recognize some of the tropes that characterize these types of shows. First off, the four daughters of Peter Hernandez, Sr., and Bernadette Bayot certainly all have the prerequisite telegenic looks. And there is plenty of bickering to go along with the alcohol consumption.

But tragedy would befall that would change their outlook on the reality show experience: their mother, also known as Bernie, died this past June of a brain aneurysm in the midst of taping. “We’re so grateful to have documented our last few special moments with our mother,” says Jaime, “that all of [the concerns of doing a reality show] are out the window.”

The series premieres with the sisters coping with their loss, and then flashes back in time as they prepare to move from Hawaii to Los Angeles to pursue their musical dreams, with their mother’s support. There are some chilling moments as you hear Bernie say, “I’m just a baby star-maker,” as well as her making references to life and death.

As a child, Bernie and her family emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii in 1968. She, along with some of her siblings, grew up to be a performer, including a hula dancer, as part of Honolulu’s many shows. That is where she met Peter Hernandez, who is of Puerto Rican and Eastern European Jewish descent, who is also an entertainer.

“When [our father] met our mom, he taught her how to sing. My dad cannot sing at all,” says Jaime. “But he’s an amazing producer. He can arrange harmonies beautifully.”

One of the projects in Honolulu Peter started was a revue called the Love Notes. “My mom ran the girl group, and he ran the guy group,” says Jaime. “Shows [and our parents’ rehearsals] were a part of our lives. For us, that was like going to soccer practice.”

“Have you seen The Sound Of Music?,” Tahiti chimes in, the second youngest sister and a mother of two boys. “That’s what our family was like, minus the whole Nazi thing. [The Von Trapp family is] what we aspired to be.”

Talking to all four sisters at once over a conference call is a daunting experience. They have fun at this writer’s expense when asked for their ages (in their 20s and 30s is all they would reveal; Presley’s the youngest). They certainly gab like sisters, interrupting one another and finishing sentences. And soon enough, the barbs are flying as they all poke fun of each other, even while they reminisce about their mother.

“My mom could dance hula, she could boogie dance,” says Tahiti. “My mom was the best dancer. Yes, Jaime, better than you. Way better than you.”

“I agree,” adds Tiara.

Jaime’s good-natured response: “Everyone, shut up!”

With music such a huge factor in their lives, perhaps it was inevitable that the sisters would form their own girl group (the sixth sibling, Eric, is the drummer in Bruno’s band). The Lylas, which stands for “love you like a sister,” came about when a nonprofit charity organization that Jaime founded, called 4 Mama Earth, was going to put out a benefit record to raise money for an orphanage in the Philippines. The sisters wrote a song called “Headed Home.”

“It’s all about going back to your roots and never forgetting where you came from,” says Jamie. “It was going to be a ‘We Are The World’ type of song, and we had a bunch of [Filipino American] artists on the song. And I called the girls and was like, ‘We need to do this together. Let’s just do a little bridge or a hook on the song.’ So we did, and it was just magic in the studio. And then we were like, ‘let’s work on another song,’ and so we started writing together and recording and it just sort of happened like that.”

They’ve released one single thus far, “Come Back,” a song about realizing you’ve dumped the wrong man. While it may not speak directly to Jaime, a married mother of two, she says, “but as sisters, when one person goes through something, we all kind of go through it together. It might not apply to all of us at the same time, but it applies to us at some point in our lives. When you date one of us, you date all of us.”

“It’s a blessing and a curse,” adds Tahiti.

“Mostly it’s a curse,” Tiara quickly responds.

Being related to Bruno Mars, too, has both positives and negatives. “It’s difficult because a lot of people think, ‘Bruno’s their brother, so it’s just going to be so easy for them,’” says Presley. “Actually, it makes things a lot harder because we have a lot more barriers to break. We have to get out of being ‘Bruno’s sisters.’”

“It’s been helpful in that it’s gotten us in the door,” says Tahiti, “but it doesn’t take us anywhere, really. We’ve got to do that ourselves.”

They are already making an impression on people, especially through social media. It was their fans who started urging them via Twitter to do a television series. “I think they’ve seen the chemistry that me and my sisters have together,” says Tahiti. “And everyone after that petitioned, ‘please have a reality show; open the doors and let us into your guys’ world.’”

Of course, mixing family and business can be a volatile combination. When asked if they like working together as sisters, Tahiti jokes, “I got to go, my phone’s cutting out.”

But, ultimately, just like family, being in a group together “has its ups and downs,” says Jaime. “But if we weren’t sisters, I could see why girl groups break up. It’s not easy. Just because we’re sisters doesn’t mean egos aren’t involved. We do fight. But at the end of the day, we’re still sisters, and we have to get over it. It makes us closer.”

 

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This story was originally published in our Winter 2013-14 issue. Get your copy here

 

Bruno Mars to Perform at Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014

As fans celebrated the kickoff of the 2013-14 football season this past Sunday, they had another reason for excitement: The NFL announced that Bruno Mars would perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

It’s a coup for the singer/songwriter who will be performing at one of the most highly anticipated and most-watched musical events of the year. According to the NFL, more than 110.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show, where Beyonce wowed audiences with hits like “Single Ladies” and “Halo,” as well as a special reunion with Destiny’s Child in a rousing rendition of “Crazy in Love.” Like Beyonce, Bruno Mars is such a showman, we have no doubt we’ll be equally wowed.

Sweet Sounds: Music Picks for Summer 2013

 

Zedd ft. Foxes – “Clarity
This summer’s answer to Avicii’s “Levels.”

Rihanna: “Right Now
Summer hits and Rihanna just go together (“We Found Love,” anyone?). This David Guetta-produced track hits all the right notes and is a perfect summer club hit.

The Neighborhood: “Sweater Weather
Though the title may be misleading, this would fit in seamlessly in any episode of “The O.C.” making it immediately summer-worthy.

Mariah Carey ft Miguel: “#Beautiful
Very “90s Mariah,” “#Beautiful” was one of the first songs of 2013 deemed “summer-worthy.” Miguel’s feature on the track is the perfect compliment to the seemingly effortless vocals of pop music’s reigning Queen. With an earworm of a guitar hook and an easy-to-remember chorus, this will be stuck in your head for days (if it hasn’t done so already).

Fat Joe ft. Ashanti: “What’s Luv
One (of two) 90’s throwback track(s). You know (and love) this track. Don’t lie.

Bruno Mars: “Treasure
Bruno Mars is known for emotional, soulful records (ie “Grenade”, “Locked Out of Heaven,” and “When I Was Your Man”) , but this upbeat throwback track strays away from his previous singles and is pop perfection, just as simple as that.

Jay-Z ft. Nas, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz & Timbaland: “BBC
They’re a team made in hip-hop heaven, and this track lives up to the hype that each of these heavy-hitters brings to the table.

2NE1: “Falling in Love
YG Entertainment’s girl group is finally back with this fresh track, just in time for summer (even if the track was originally supposed to be released last year as a follow-up to “I Love You”). With YG planning on releasing more tracks from the girls until October, we’re excited to see what else they have planned up their sleeve.

Jay Park: “JOAH
Challenge: Just try not bopping your head to this K-Pop hit. Just try.  (Like this song?  Check out the Jay Park-approved cover by Quest Crew member and YG Entertainment producer, Lydia Paek.)

Justin Timberlake: “Strawberry Bubblegum (Allure Remix)
When “The 20/20 Experience” came out a few months ago, “Strawberry Bubblegum” was continuously on repeat with its cool R&B feel and Justin’s smooth vocals. French DJ Allure puts a new spin on the song, transforming it into a pop, disco-esque track, perfect for those hot summer nights.

Destiny’s Child: “Say My Name (E-603 Remix)
We didn’t think it was possible, but this mix has made us fall in love again with this classic DC hit (can you believe it was released almost 14 years ago?!). If the heavy bass, smart synth and the girls’ voices don’t pull you in, we don’t know what will.

Though these are some of our picks for the summer, what’s on your playlist this year?