Photo: Bruno Mars
The singer of Puerto Rican descent, Bruno Mars, closes the year 2013 as Artist of the Year, according to the music industry magazine Billboard, another honor added to his four Grammy nominations and the resounding hit of his world tour.
“Between the timeless quality of his music and the precision spectacle of his TV and stage performances, Mars is on track to become that seemingly rare industry entity: a career artist,” says Billboard in an article about the musician, who made the cover of a the magazine’s special best-artists edition.
Mars topped the Billboard list of the 100 best artists of the year, which rates the big names from Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake to Rihanna and the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis duo.
Other Hispanics on the magazine’s 100-best list besides No.1 Bruno Mars are Selena Gomez in 27th place, Pitbull coming in 30th, Demi Lovato at 39th, Miguel at 59th, Christina Aguilera in 83rd place and Jennifer Lopez at 92nd.
The artist wraps up 2013 with the huge following won by his latest disc “Unorthodox Jukebox,” launched in 2012 and now with close to 1.8 million copies sold. Its unforgettable single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” will be competing for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the next Grammy Awards.