Bruno Mars will be joining Coldplay and Beyonce for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show at the Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. Find out more about the amazing performer right here!
Bruno Mars, 30, is joining British rock group Coldplay and Sasha Fierce herself, Beyonce, 34, on stage for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, which we just can’t wait to see. And even though Bruno is already a well-established name, there are some things you may not know about him. Did you realize he took his stage name from a professional wrestler? Click through and learn some fun facts!
1. He was once an Elvis impersonator.
The “Uptown Funk” star was an aspiring singer, who at the tender age of 4 could muster an incredible Elvis Presley impression. In fact, he appeared in an interview with Pauly Shore showing off his unique talent, and he even had an awesome Elvis quiff, too!
2. Bruno Mars isn’t his real name.
The Grammy winner goes under the stage name of Bruno Mars, but he was born Peter Hernandez in Waikiki, Hawaii, on Oct. 8, 1985. He is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, and was always around music growing up because his mom was a hula dancer and his father played percussion in a band.
3. He is NOT just a talented singer.
Sure, he’s sung hit tracks like “Just the Way You Are” and “The Lazy Song,” but he’s also an accomplished musician who can play 4 instruments! Bruno is a whiz on the keyboard, guitar, bass and drums! Because of that, he’s also written music for artists such as B.O.B., Flo Rida, Cee Lo Green, and Travie McCoy.
4. His stage name was inspired by a wrestler.
Peter, or should we say Bruno, was a cute chubby kid when he was growing up. For that reason, he chose his first name to be just like his wrestling idol, Bruno Samartino. The “Mars” part of his name comes from the charming performer’s reputation as a teen of being a hit with the ladies. Girls would say he was “out of this world,” so that’s why he chose Mars!
5. Bruno loves ink!
Like a lot of pop stars, Bruno has a fondness for tattoos. He has four known markings, including a tattoo of a gypsy on his left forearm, an anchor on his right forearm, and tributes to his parents — “Pete’s Boy” written on his bicep and his mother’s name on his right shoulder. Aww!
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