Billboard has crowned Bruno Mars as its Artist of the Year over many musicians who grabbed more headlines through the year such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.
“It’s flattering. It’s just an honor. I’m proud to be a part of this whole team that I have,” said Mars of this accomplishment.
“No one is handing Bruno Mars a record to make,” Julie Greenwald, chairman/COO of Atlantic Records Group, told Billboard. “He’s writing, producing with collaborative partners, singing, playing, choreographing – a quintuple threat who’s great at executing his vision.”
Billboard pointed out that Mars’ album generated three Top 10 singles and that his Moonshine Jungle world tour ranked in the Top 25 tours of the year. He returns to the road on Feb. 28 and his tour is slated to reach Los Angeles at some point next year, as the itinerary is still to be announced.