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The mother of Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars, 27, has died in Honolulu, Hawaii at Queens Medical Center, according to the Associated Press.
Bernadette Hernandez, 55, died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars’ label, there was no other information given.
Bernadette, a hula dancer and a singer immigrated from the Philippines and nurtured her son’s interest in music at an early age.
Mars — born Peter Gene Hernandez in Hawaii was just 4 when he began performing in his family’s show as an Elvis impersonator.
Our prayers go out to the Mars’ family.
By Tawanda Cawthon
The 2013 Billboard Awards took off with a bang with NBC’s 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan at the helm, hosting the awards show. The funny man didn’t disappoint, cracking jokes on some of the nominees, presenters and whoever else that came into his view.
Taylor Swift walked away with eight awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.”
In her acceptance speech she said to the crowd, “you are the longest and best relationship I ever had.”
Touche’ Ms. Swift…
The singer topped her big night off with a colorful show stopping performance of her hit “22″ — starting backstage and working her way to the main stage on the back of a bike with help from a dozen background dancers and a flurry of red balloons, it was an epic performance.
R&B singer Miguel, too, had a show-stopping performance, though he seemed to kick a fan when he jumped over the crowd during a performance of his hit “Adorn.” The singer appeared to have landed part of his body on one girl, who walked away, and kicked another girl, who held her head low. Uh…that was very scary — praying for the injured fans. (check back for updates on this one.)
Bruno Mars and his band graced the stage in silky red suits mimicking the 70′s gold disco balls in all its glamor. Mars performed his new single, the upbeat and old-school flavored “Treasure.” A performance to be remembered…is all else I will say.
One of my favs Justin Bieber had three wins. When accepting the milestone award, he told the crowd, “I’m 19 years old; I think I’m doing a pretty good job. And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I’m making. This is not a gimmick,” he said. “I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken.”
Bieber performed with Will.i.am and solo when he sang “Take You” in leather pants, a leather vest and a black shirt that had one sleeve, as blue laser lights beamed.
Maroon 5 were also nominated for 11 awards and walked away with one win each in pre-telecast announcements. Gotye and Rihanna also were tied with four awards.
Miley Cyrus dazzled the red carpet as she promoted her new single, “We Can’t Stop.”
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards aired live Sunday on ABC.
What were some of your most memorable highlights? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Billboard.com contributed to this report
New Music Tuesday: Bruno Mars, Green Day and Big Boi (via NewsLook)
With Christmas right around the corner, artists are releasing plenty of new music which will make for perfect stocking stuffers. Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’, Green Day’s ‘Tre’, and Big Boi’s ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.’
Host and musical guest Mars continued the proud tradition of Justin Timberlake and Mick Jagger by pulling “SNL” double duty, though he admitted during his monologue he had no acting or comedy experience.
“I’ve never even done a shampoo commercial, which is crazy” (given his fabulous head of hair) he said. He asked the audience to be forgiving, and broke into a song that started off self-effacing, but grew into a confidant riff on how he was going to be an amazing host.
“But please be gentle,” he sang at the end, “because it’s my first time.”
Mars continued his hot streak in a sketch which took us inside the offices of the music streaming service Pandora and forced him to sing in the style of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.
Yes, the results were hilarious.
Pandora runs into an emergency, with the vocal tracks for Green Day songs somehow being taken out of commission for a while. It’s up to the nerdy intern (Mars) to sing the tracks live so listeners calling up the Green Day channel will be able to enjoy the songs. He (sort of) gets Green Day right, and then must move on to Aerosmith, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.
Hanks made an appearance near the end of the episode’s cold open, meanwhile, which tackled the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
And in a recurrent series of ads, “SNL” also mocked Brad Pitt’s much-maligned Chanel commercials that hit recently, with the actor promoting everything from Taco Bell to dog condoms.
The next episode of “SNL” airs Nov. 3 with host Louis C.K. and musical guest Fun. performing.
Billboard contributed to the report.
2012 Grammy nominations: Adele, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters lead the musical pack.
Kanye West earned the most nominations for this year’s Grammys (a whopping 7).
But in the categories that count — Album, Song and Record of the Year — it’s two other stars who have a chance to sweep.
To the surprise of no one, the year’s biggest selling artist, Adele, bagged nods in all the top slots: Song and Record for her smash “Rolling In The Deep,” and Album for her second CD, “21.”
The British singer earned six nods in all.
She’ll go head to head with a less obvious, or favored, candidate: Bruno Mars, who tied her tally with six bids, including the Record and Song slots for “Grenade,” and Album for his debut, “Doo-Wops and Hooligans.”
Both stars represent a resurgence of pure singing chops in an age of theatrics and gimmickry.
The Foo Fighters — seen by many as the last popular gasp for respected rock — also got six nods (though just one in a top category: Album of the Year).
Rapper Lil Wayne and the dance music producer Skrillex, each got five, all in lesser genre slots. Similarly, West’s large tally includes just one in a major category: Song of the Year for “All Of The Lights,” from his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”
Lady Gaga, a star expected to have as high a profile as Adele, only has one chance to compete in a pivotal slot: Album for “Born This Way.”
Other artists vying for the most prized awards include the neo-folk act Mumford & Songs, whose “The Cave” is up for Record and Song of the year, Katy Perry, with a bid in the Record slot for “Firework,” Rihanna, who’s in Album contention for “Loud,” and this year’s left-field choice, Bon Iver, nominated for both Record and Song with “Holocene.”
Bon Iver, this year’s token hipster group, also has a shot as Best New Artist (though it’s for their second CD). In that lusted-after category, they’ll square off against country’s The Band Perry, dance king Skrillex, rapper-singer J. Cole and the odds-on favorite to win — sight gag and New Yorker Nicki Minaj. The most glaring oversight in this category was breakout alterna-band Foster The People.
This year’s Grammys has earned considerable controversy for hacking down its list of over 100 categories to feature just 78, at the expense of many Latin artists.
An on-going protest about that will surely continue when the awards are handed out, Feb. 12, 2012 on CBS.