Peter Jean Hernandez, better known now as Bruno Mars, was not only the most-played male artist on the radio last year (take that, Justin Bieber!), his singles "Grenade" and "Just the Way You Are" both shot to no.1 on the Billboard charts and are two of the best-selling digital singles ever. As one of the biggest pop artists in the world, though, Bruno will always face scrutiny by critics, and he has some words for them:
"They can go to hell," he said to Lee Cowan on the Dec. 9th CBS SUNDAY MORNING broadcast. "It doesn't bother me. It's just 'shut up', you know? 'You write the song then'. That's how I feel."
Moving from his home state of Hawaii to the city of Los Angeles when he was 18, Bruno knew he was going to make it big as a singer/songwriter. But after being signed and then ultimately dropped by Motown Records, the performer was back to square one. He was tempted to move back to Hawaii, but instead, he teamed with two other songwriters: Phillip Lawrence and Ari Levine. Their goal? Write a hit song:
"We knew we could do it," said Mars. "If we kept going, if we kept trying, if we kept pushing, we are going to write a song that's going to change our lives."
Covering everything from his experience growing up in Hawaii, being born into a musical family, his struggles to make it big in the music industry, and even his 2010 arrest fro drug possession, Bruno doesn't leave anything out in his heartfelt interview:
"All those hard times, if feels like it goes to show that if you put in the world and you don't stop believing," he says, "it can happen."
Watch a clip from the CBS SUNDAY MORNING broadcast below, with Bruno explaining the time in his life when he played at Pickwick's Pub in the San Fernando Valley when he was struggling to make it after being dropped by Motown:
Bruno's new album, Unorthodox Jukebox, is out tomorrow, December 11th. Will you be picking it up?