Like it or not, people tend to give labels to singers － Adele, pop; Eminem, rap; Miranda Lambert, country. But that rule doesn’t seem to apply to Bruno Mars. The 32-year-old US singer is, in the eyes of The New York Times critic Jon Caramanica, “one of the most versatile and accessible singers” working today.
US singer Bruno Mars is this year’s biggest winner at the American Music Awards. AFP
不论你是否喜欢，人们总会给歌手们贴上标签 —— 阿黛尔，流行歌手；姆爷，饶舌歌手；米兰达·兰伯特，乡村歌手。但贴标签这一说似乎并不适用于“火星哥”布鲁诺·马尔斯。在《纽约时报》评论家乔恩·卡拉曼尼卡看来，这位现年32岁的美国歌手是当今活跃在歌坛中“最多才多艺又平易近人的歌手之一”。
After hearing the musician display a wide variety of music styles ranging from pop to hip-hop to rock, Caramanica said “there is nowhere Mars doesn’t belong.”
Mars won six awards at the American Music Awards on Nov 19, including artist of the year and favorite male artist.
And unlike many of today’s popular singers, Mars didn’t get to where he is via a talent show or the internet. After he left his hometown of Hawaii for Los Angeles, California, to pursue his dreams at 17, Mars was “rejected and rejected and rejected for years”, as he told the Mercury News. Before he was able to appear on stage, he had to prove himself by producing and writing songs for others.
So what does Mars owe his success to? “Spending thousands of hours in a studio learning how to write a song, learning how to play different chords, training [myself] to sing,” he said in an interview on US TV show 60 minutes last year.
However, it seems that Mars forgot to mention one thing: his amazing talent.