Bruno Mars was just named Billboard's Artist of the Year on Friday, beating out such heavy hitters as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Perhaps the Billboard charts played a bigger role in Bruno's selection this year than did media attention, since his win certainly was a bit of a sleeper. Mars is riding a wave this year having also snagged the Super Bowl halftime show, according to Entertainment Weekly on Dec. 14.
Bruno Mars charted in at No. 1 on eight of Billboard’s year-end lists, including Top Overall Artists, Hot 100 Artists, Hot 100 Singles Airplay, Hot Digital Songs, Pop Digital Songs and Mainstream Top 40.
Mars did so thanks to tracks from his 2012 album "Unorthodox Jukebox", which includes the hits "Locked Out of Heaven", "Treasure" and "When I Was Your Man".
"Mars’ artist of the year nod may come as a surprise", Billboard admits in its year-end issue. "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".
Rounding out the top five Billboard artists for 2013 in order were Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Miley Cyrus, who just garnered MTV's Artist of the Year nod, came in at number 9.
Julie Greenwald, chairman and COO of Atlantic Records Group, said no one is "handing" Bruno Mars a record to make. Bruno writes, sings, plays, choreographs and produces with collaborators - making him a quintuple threat who's tops at executing his musical vision.
The 28-year-old Grammy winner's Moonshine Jungle World Tour heads back out Feb. 28 with 10 dates in Australia and New Zealand. Then it's on to Asia, before heading to Mexico City on Sept. 2.
Dates for another North American leg, which will start next summer, have yet to be announced. Mars' 48 North American concerts in 2013 have grossed $46.4 million.
And to think, Bruno did it all without twerking!