Saturday Night Live has a long, sad history of revealing that many musical artists are not, in fact, “so amazing” just the way they are – just ask Ke$ha, Katy Perry, or Ashlee Simpson (if you can even find her after her career-obliterating stint on SNL). Thankfully, Bruno Mars is not amongst these Saturday Night casualties. The singer/songwriter smoothly performed chart-topping hit “Just The Way You Are” followed by surefire future hit “Grenade” last night – watch here.
“Every artist would do anything to get on that stage,” Idolator’s bowling buddy said about the gig in our interview last week. Presumably, Bruno only had to go through the regular channels of having “his people” talk to “SNL’s people” to set it up – though booking Saturday Night Live the same week your debut album drops is no small feat.
This week, SNL decided to throw us off by pairing a host who is actually a comedian
with a musical guest who can actually sing. Wacky! Glee’s hilarious Jane Lynch
performed a few ditties herself before letting Bruno take the stage. The alleged felon
rocked a classic, classy Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons style – looking a lot more doo-wop than hooligan – and knocked “Just The Way You Are” out of the park.
For his second number, Bruno began by playing guitar and singing the tune he penned for
B.o.B., “Nothin’ On You.” “That was then, this is now,” he concluded as he launched
intro “Grenade,” complete with live strings backing him up. It may not have been the
show-stopper Kanye West blasted us with last weekend, but here’s to hoping we see Bruno Mars live from New York City again in the near future.