Bruno Mars put on quite the show during his ‘SNL’ performance on Oct. 15, which reminded us what a fantastic entertainer he is. Every one of Bruno performances is incredible, but we’ve rounded up our favorites — and you can watch videos of all of them right here!
Of course we have to start with Bruno‘s most recent performance when he SLAYED his new single, “24K Magic,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the 31-year-old singer’s best one to date. In no particular order, here we go:
“24K Magic” on Saturday Night Live, October 2016
We knew that Bruno’s electric new single would make for one awesome performance, but he exceeded expectations. He had the whole audience (and us at home) on their feet with his dance-party style display, looking cool as ever with his smooth moves. Like the song itself, his first televised performance of 2016 was definitely a fantastic “Bruno’s baaaaack” declaration!
“Gorilla” at iHeartRadio Music Festival, September 2013
Perhaps Bruno’s sexiest song he’s ever released, “Gorilla” made for a performance that was as sexy. Between his sultry vocals, a pelvic thrusting backup band, and fire blasts, it was as hot as it was unforgettable. Oh, and he carried on the song for an extra THREE minutes singing some of the sexiest notes we’ve ever heard out of this man’s mouth. Talk about swoon!
“It Will Rain,” X Factor, November 2011
Okay, let’s be honest — every Bruno performance is a showcase of the insane vocal power he has, as “Gorilla” proved. But his rendition of “It Will Rain” on the first season of the U.S. X Factor (one of his earliest performances) may be one of his most insane vocal performances he’s had to date. And Bruno took the stage without his trusty backup band for this one, which made for an even bigger focus on his talent.
“Treasure” on Billboard Music Awards, May 2013
Bruno always puts on a show when he performs, but his Billboard performance was actually a live-action version of the music video for “Treasure” which made it all the more awesome. Plus, disco seems to really be Bruno’s element, so he absolutely killed it!
“Uptown Funk” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, January 2015
As much of a spectacle as his performance on the 2014 Voice finale was (with Bruno sporting gold hair curlers and everything), his Ellen appearance had a unique element that none of his other performances had before: Audience participation. As Bruno and his boys began the song in the front row of the crowd, they had a synchronized dance during which the whole crowd never missed a beat. Returning to the main stage by the end, fireman had to bring out fire extinguishers because of how hot the performance was! It was such a sight that the video has garnered more than 31 million views on YouTube — obviously that earns a spot on Bruno’s best!
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show, February 2014
Did you seriously think we weren’t going to include this? It may sound cliche, but this has to be Bruno’s most iconic performance to date. He was a big deal before he took the Super Bowl stage, but after the show he delivered in New Jersey, it was hard to deny that he’s the definition of superstar. Delivering ridiculous renditions of “Billionaire,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Treasure,” “Runaway Baby,” and “Just the Way You Are” — complete with fireworks and a cameo from Red Hot Chili Peppers — Bruno proved himself to be one of the best performers music has ever seen.
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