Bruno Mars is up for six Grammy Awards, including such marquee noms as Album of the Year for Doo-Wops & Hooligans as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for his ballad "Grenade." Shortly after the singer learned he and his team, the Smeezingtons, were recognized for their breakthrough album and track, Mars chatted with MTV News backstage after the Grammy Nominations Concert in Los Angeles, and he seemed pretty overwhelmed by all of it.
"Incredible. We worked really hard," he said. "We worked hard in the studio right down the street, actually. And it's a little tiny shack, but for the two years we were in there, we just locked ourselves in that room and came up with Doo-Wops & Hooligans."
All the hard work on the album, which also features hits "The Lazy Song" and "Just the Way You Are," seems to have paid off with recognition not only for the release, but also for its crowning jewel of a track.
"Worked extremely hard on 'Grenade.' That was the hardest song on the whole album to finish because we knew we had something, and to get all that emotion out," he said. "I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we're really happy that that song is being recognized because that's like our trophy song."
While Mars seemed pretty poised backstage, he admitted it was a little hard for him to keep his cool while they were announcing the nominees during the telecast, which included two performances by Lady Gaga.
"They kept cutting the camera to me every time. I wanted to jump up and punch [Smeezingtons partner Philip Lawrence] in the face and knee him, noogies, but I'm trying to be cool 'cause I know mom's watching,"
The 54th annual Grammy Awards will air February 12 on CBS.
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