Filipino-Puerto Rican American artist Bruno Mars swept the 60th Grammy awards, winning song, record and album of the year for 24k Magic.
Mars and Kendrick Lamar dominated the ceremony, scoring six and five awards respectively to cap off a year dominated by hip-hop and R&B as digital streaming dominates music’s biggest market.
Mars defeated Lamar’s Damn, with the politically charged album streamed on-demand more than 2.4 billion times last year, as well as Lorde, the only woman nominated in the category for her acclaimed album Melodrama, and Jay Z’s 4:44.
Mars, who is Peter Gene Hernandez in real life was born in Hawaii to a Filipino mother and Puerto Rican father.
“I am Filipino,” the international singer-songwriter declared on a Saturday Night Live (SNL) show in 2012.
The Grammy award winning artist will be back in Manila this May as part of his “24K Magic World Tour.” Concert dates are May 3 and 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The last time he performed in the Philippines was in 2014 for his “Moonshine Jungle Tour.”