Superstar Singer/Songwriter/Producer Reaps Nominations In Three Top Categories, Including “Album Of The Year,” “Song Of The Year,” And “Record Of The Year”; The Smeezingtons Nominated For "Producer Of The Year"; New Single, “It Will Rain,” Currently Standing Tall At #1 On iTunes’ “Top Singles” Chart, While Also Hitting Top 3 On Billboard’s “Hot 100”
Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars has scored a stunning six nominations for the upcoming 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The annual extravaganza will be held on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 pm (ET/PT).
The six nominations place Mars among the year’s most-nominated artists, a testament to his diverse talents as performer, songwriter, and producer. His 24x-worldwide platinum debut album, “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS,” was nominated as “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album,” while the #1 smash hit, “Grenade,” was named in both the “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” categories, as well as for “Best Pop Solo Performance.” What’s more, The Smeezingtons – that is, the production team of Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine – are among the “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical” nominees, celebrating, among other recordings, “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS,” along with Mars’ featured role on Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters (Feat. Bruno Mars)” and Lil Wayne’s “Mirror (Feat. Bruno Mars).” This marks the second consecutive year that the trio has been nominated in this category.
Meanwhile, Mars is riding high with “It Will Rain,” the first single from Summit Entertainment/Chop Shop/Atlantic’s recently released “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK.” The track is currently #1 on iTunes’ overall “Top Singles” chart, while also standing at #3 on Billboard’s “Hot 100.”
The “It Will Rain” companion video is also proving a sensation, earning over 15 million views and counting via the official Elektra Records YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-w3WfgpcGg. In addition, the track’s audio version has also blown up on YouTube, receiving over 20 million individual views thus far.
The success of “It Will Rain” marks the 11th top 10 single for Mars, following solo blockbusters like the multi-platinum #1 hits, “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade” – both featured on 2010’s “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS” – as well as songs written and co-produced by Mars in his role as one of The Smeezingtons, including fellow Elektra recording artist Cee Lo Green’s history-making “F**k You,” Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording artist Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire (Feat. Bruno Mars),” and “Nothin’ On You (Feat. Bruno Mars),” the #1 smash by Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B.
In other news, Mars – who earlier this year took home a “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” Grammy Award for “Just The Way You Are” – was among the big winners at the recent American Music Awards, winning the prestigious “Pop or Rock Music/Favorite Male Artist” prize. The victory comes soon after Mars’ triumph at MTV’s 2011 European Music Awards, where he received two awards, for “Best New Artist” and “Best Push Act.” Other recent achievements for Mars include a “Best Male Video” award from the MTV Music Awards Japan (honoring “Just The Way You Are”) as well as two nominations for the upcoming 38th People’s Choice Awards (for “Favorite Male Artist” and “Favorite R&B Artist”).
Mars recently lit up the stage on Fox’s hit singing competition series, The X Factor with a spectacular live rendition of “It Will Rain.” The performance has proven a YouTube favorite, drawing nearly 600,000 views and counting. What’s more, the award-winning superstar has also been seen on recent installments of the nationally syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show and PBS’ Sesame Street.
Source: Elektra Records
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