Future Asian & Pacific History Month: Bruno Mars' Undeniable Swagger

Fuse is celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Asian and Pacific History before our eyes. Today we are honoring Bruno Mars, who is taking the right steps in becoming one of the next music legends of this generation.

The singer/songwriter, who can expertly play a bevy of instruments (electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and horns), has a mixed ethnic background of Puerto Rican and Jewish from his father, and Filipino and Spanish on his mother's side. Mars (real name: Peter Gene Hernandez) has refused to be put in a box ever since his 2010 debut with Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and brought the funkalicious vibes of retro pop and R&B back to modern music.