Billboard Names Bruno Mars ‘Artist of The Year’

Photo shows Bruno Mars on the front cover of the upcoming December 21, 2013 issue of Billlboard Magazine, where they named the 28-year old singer as the 2013 Artist of the Year (Photo credits: AP/Billboard/Yahoo/Kai Z. Feng)
Photo shows Bruno Mars on the front cover of the upcoming December 21, 2013 issue of Billlboard Magazine, where they named the 28-year old singer as the 2013 Artist of the Year (Photo credits: AP/Billboard/Yahoo/Kai Z. Feng)
Photo shows Bruno Mars on the front cover of the upcoming December 21, 2013 issue of Billlboard Magazine, which named the 28-year-old singer as its 2013 Artist of the Year (Photo credits: AP/Billboard/Yahoo/Kai Z. Feng)

Bruno Mars is music magazine Billboard’s “Artist of the Year” for 2013.

The pop-slash-rhythm-and-blues singer topped the entire Billboard’s Top Artist list that consisted of 100 musicians who made waves in the industry this year.

The rest of the Top 10 were: Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pink, Imagine Dragons, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and Maroon 5.

Bruno Mars also dominated in the magazine’s Hot 100 Artists, Hot Digital Songs, Mainstream Top 40, and eight other year-end music charts.

Three tracks off his 2012 record “Unorthodox Jukebox” secured the chart’s top spots.

“Locked out of Heaven,” Mars’ first single off the album, was the number one song for six weeks. It also had two of his four nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, namely, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

“When I Was Your Man” topped the countdown once and “Treasure” reached its peak at number 5.

Overall, His “Unorthodox Jukebox” was the 2013’s second best-selling album after the sophomore album selling 1.8 million copies, just a spot behind Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.”

Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde spoke on Mars’ achievement: “Bruno did well in touring and I think longevity does really well for him. His songs stuck around on multiple formats all year round.”

He added that the 28-year-old multi-genre recording artist has done a successful job on concentrating on his craft all year long despite being less talked about compared to other pop music icons.

“It’s flattering. It’s just an honor. I’m proud to be a part of this whole team that I have,” Mars said about Billboard’s decision.

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