Bruno Mars

Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and music producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age. After performing in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood, he decided to pursue a musical career and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. Mars began producing songs for other artists, joining production team The Smeezingtons.

After an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, Mars signed with Atlantic Records in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits "Right Round" by Flo Rida featuring Kesha, "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan, and "Fuck You!" by Cee Lo Green. In October 2010, he released his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Anchored by the worldwide number one singles "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade", the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are".

Mars' music is noted for displaying a wide variety of styles and influences, and contains elements of many different musical genres. He has worked with an assortment of artists from different genres; Mars acknowledges the influences that his collaborations have had on his own music. As a child, he was highly influenced by artists such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and would often impersonate these artists from a young age. Mars also incorporates reggae and Motown inspired sounds into his work. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times referred to Mars as "one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop."

Bruno Mars is this generation’s answer to ‘Thriller’-era Michael Jackson, thanks to his butter-smooth voice and his infectious dance moves.

Mars grooved in the most laid back of fashions on tonight’s episode of ‘American Idol,’ playing his breezy new single, ‘The Lazy Song’ from his breakthrough album, ‘Doo Wops & Hooligans.’ Regardless of the actual weather, it feels like there is not a cloud in the sky when Mars performs this song — as it emits an easy-going, not-a-care-in-the-world, “Sieze the day” vibe.

Mars, in his signature black hat and a red denim vest, wore sunglasses inside the studio. Perhaps the singer-songwriter did so in order to further invoke the beachy, summery nature of the song!

Much like ‘Idol’ alum Crystal Bowersox, who also performed on tonight’s episode, it was impossible to avoid, escape or sidestep the infectiousness of Mars’ performance. It was a futile effort to try and stop ourselves from toe tapping and engaging in a little back ‘n’ forth head nodding.

Hopefully seeing a bona fide superstar like Bruno Mars perform live and in the flesh will inspire the remaining crop of Idols, who were whittled down to five this evening, to further mix movement into their future performances!