2013 was pretty big for Bruno Mars. Not only did he seize control of the charts with several top 10 singles, but he also received four Grammy nominations and was tabbed to play halftime at the upcoming Super Bowl.
As if to cap it all off, Mars was named Billboard‘s Artist of the Year.
“During a year defined by mainstream breakouts (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons), pop divas (Taylor Swift, P!nk, Rihanna, Katy Perry) and retro R&B (Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke), Mars’ artist of the year nod may come as a surprise,” wrote Billboard‘s Gail Mitchell. ”But as if on a stealth mission, the adventurous Unorthodox Jukebox commanded a steady presence on the Billboard 200 following its No. 2 debut last December. Remaining in the top 20 every week since then through the Sept. 14 issue, the Atlantic album hit No. 1 in its 12th week. To date, Unorthodox Jukebox has sold 1.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.”