After collecting his award for Best Song for “Locked Out of Heaven,” the Unorthodox Jukebox singer took the stage at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome for a show that rivaled anything you’d find in the city’s famous — and infamous — Red Light District.
The triple EMA nominee belted out the ultra-sexual jam, his face — with a little camera trickery — superimposed over a sexy dancer undulating around a stripper pole with acrobatic ease. A green neon sign pulsated in the background, trails of light bleeding across Mars’s face. The scene was similar to the video for the jam, in which stripper Isabella gives a hot, sweaty performance at a South of the Border strip club.
“Me and Bruno went to probably seven or eight strip clubs, you know, for research,” director Cameron Duddy told MTV News when the video dropped. “We’d be in there on, say, a Tuesday night, we’d walk in, and the few people that were actually in there were watching the dancers, but we’d be looking at the architecture of the place for inspiration. And then we’d have our one drink and leave.”
During his performance in Amsterdam, however, Bruno didn’t seem that concerned with the architecture. At the climax of the jam — pun intended —Bruno strapped on his guitar to bust out a sizzling solo, grooving closer to the dancer, who thrusted her hips toward his guitar in time to the song.
We first saw Mars perform “Gorilla” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and although he busted out a pretty wild performance at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, it’s safe to say he’s outdone himself with this rendition. We do miss the gorilla, though.
Mars is also nominated for Best Male Performer and Best U.S. Act.