May 6, 2017


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

Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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.

Mars has released two albums since his debut (2012's Unorthodox Jukebox and last November's 24K Magic), dominated two Super Bowl halftime shows and has four Grammys under his flashy gold belt. The artist, who already has a handful of Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles, scored another on May 1 with the dangerously catchy “That’s What I Like."

From "Versace on the Floor" to the title track24K Magic is undeniably Mars' best work to date, and even he said he "can't do better" than this album. In an interview with NME, he explains the meaning behind his passion. "95 percent of music is about love. That’s why cavemen were hitting stones to get everybody around the fire and get them feeling sexy," Mars said. "It’s exactly the same principle, the same thing: just get people on the dancefloor, get the girls smiling."

Along with his too-cool-for-school band The Hooligans, Bruno shows off a natural charisma in his music (which is a mix of funk, pop, reggae and R&B) and on stage. Throughout his career, he continues to strengthen a unique charm that sets himself apart from his peers. He is an incredible songwriter, can sing his ass off and his smooth dance moves would make James Brown proud. As he treks on with the extensive 24K World Tour, there's no stopping Bruno Mars' grandeur status in both the future of Asian and Pacific history and music itself.

Tune in to Fuse and come back to every day for profiles, videos, galleries and more on the individuals around the world who are creating Future Asian and Pacific History. Join the conversation with #FutureHistory and find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder. Next up, watch a roundup of Bruno Mars' hilarious Fuse interview outtakes: