By Wayne Harada
Local boy Bruno Mars today (Dec. 13) was named Billboard magazine’s Artist of the Year for 2013.
Thus, he graces the cover the music industry’s bible, as the crown prince of pop music.
Mars also earned male singer of the year laurels, largely based on the success of his “Unorthodox Jukebox” CD and his chart-active hit singles, “When I Was Your Man,” which achieved No. 1 status, and “Treasure,” which hit the Top 5.
Of course, being tapped to the halftime show headliner in the upcoming 2014 Super Bowl must have mattered.
Miley Cyrus might have been the cover star, thanks to the attention — good and bad — she attained twerking on the MTV awards show. But female singer of the year also didn’t go to her; Taylor Swift was the winner.
Justin Timberlake reactivated his recording career after a seven-year hiatus, and his “The 20/20 Experience” release was the year’s best seller and No. 1 in the R&B category. Mars’ “Jukebox” CD was No. 2 in sales.
Other Billboard victors: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, group and new artist; Flordia George Line, country; Imagine Dragons, rock.
The Billboard honor caps another stellar year for Mars.
“It’s flattering,” he was quoted. “It’s just an honor. I’m proud to be part of this whole team that I have.”
Mars also earned four Grammy nominations in the Recording Academy's forthcoming awardsfest. His earlier No. 1 hit, “Locked Out of Heaven,” is vying for song and record of the year.