The nominees for the 54th annual Grammy awards were announced Wednesday night and Kanye West (middle) leads the pack with 7 nods. Adele (left), the Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars followed close behind with 6 nominations each, while Lil’ Wayne and Skrillex both earned 5. Full list of nominations here. Squaring off for the award shows top honor of album of the year will be Adele (21), Foo Fighters (Wasting Light), Lady Gaga (Born This Way), Bruno Mars (Doo-Wops & Hooligans) and Rihanna (Loud). Notable snubs include Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now for Album of the Year, Beyonce in general, and Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way for Song of the Year. Looking on the bright side however for the Album of the Year award we will definitely be spared one of Taylor Swift‘s infamous over-the-top “oh my god I can’t believe it” speeches that she keeps pulling out of her ass. Idiocy aside let’s take a look at rising star and hopeless romantic Bruno Mars.
Peter Gene Hernandez a.k.a Bruno Mars is a Filipino-American singer and songwriter who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii into a family of musicians. Mars began making music at a young age, and after graduating high-school moved to LA to pursue a career in music. A talented producer with a great voice and a charming smile, Mars drew from a wide variety of styles and influences, and quickly found his place in the music industry. Using his childhood nickname Bruno, Hernandez added Mars because “a lot of girls say that I’m out of this world, so I was like I guess I’m from Mars.” Mars’ debut album Doo Wops and Hooligans was released this October and gave him 6 grammy nominations. The album is riddled with altruism, romance, and intense emotional experiences. A hopeless romantic, highly in-touch with his feelings, extremely expressive, and fiercely independent Bruno Mars is undoubtedly a Champion Idealist. Indeed Bruno exudes a kind of “spontaneous personal authenticity”, and communicates such through his unique musical style. Bruno is characteristically positive in his outlook, and is surprised when people or events do not turn out as anticipated, as evidenced by his somewhat somber ‘trophy song’ Grenade. Despite seemingly having his heart broken something tells me Bruno is gonna be ok:
Often their [Champions'] confidence in the innate goodness of life and human nature is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Please Understand Me II, p. 156
The 54th annual Grammy awards airs February 12th on CBS.