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They had a very good year

Did you ever have one of those years when you look back and think, “Wow, the sun was shining on my face for the past 365 days”? If it hasn’t happened to you, I hope it does. It happened for these folks in 2010.

Grammy favorite: Bruno Mars at the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 10. Photo: AP/Peter Kramer

Bruno Mars

Take 1/2 cup of Smokey Robinson, 2/3 cup Dozier Holland and add 3 tablespoons of Johnny Mathis. Then toss in 2 teaspoons of Michael Jackson and a dash of Jason Mraz, and you get Bruno Mars. This year the Puerto Rican/Filipino musician with the sweet soulful falsetto was nominated for 7 Grammy awards, including best pop vocal and in record of the year he has two songs nominated in his role as producer/writer. He also co-wrote the World Cup anthem “Waving’ Flag” with K’Naan. At just 26, Mars (real name Pete Hernandez) had what the AP called “a brilliant year.” Except for that drug bust.

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  • Fea112

    I love Bruno Mars but I am disappointed to hear that his name isn’t really Bruno Mars (Mars was my maiden name).

  • Dawg

    You can’t blame him in the anti-Hispanic culture the Tea Party has brought us to shy away from his real last name. But I think he’s just a a David Bowie fan.