How Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Became a Superstar

Nominated for a total of seven Grammys, 25-year-old Bruno Mars was undeniably 2010’s biggest breakout star. The Hawaiian-born musician, who is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, is up for megaphones as a singer, songwriter and producer, proving his status as an in-demand triple-threat artist.

If you’re wondering how he rose to the top so quickly, we’ve charted his course from Elvis impersonator to Producer of the Year nominee.

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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