Before Bruno Mars became the international pop star that we know him as today, he overcame a lot of doors closed in his face, not only for his music, but also for his race. In his cover story with EW, the Grammy winner, who is Puerto Rican, Jewish and Filipino, recalls a time when he was struggling to get on after writing the song "Nothin' On You" with his songwriting partners. Mars recounts having a meeting with an industry decision-maker (anonymous) and received a shocking reaction.
"He goes, 'Oh man, oh man, what a song,'" describes Bruno. "You know what kind of white artist we could break with this? Blond hair, blue eyes, we could make this kid the next thing!"
He adds: "It was just kinda sad. It was like, 'Man, what about the kid that played you the song and wrote it and produced it…what about that guy?'"
Although Bruno felt like he "wasn't even in the room," clearly he's in everyone's room today as one of the top pop talents.
"Nothin' On You" went on to be a chart-topping smash for Bruno and rapper B.o.B.