Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood.
He graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career.
According to Billboard Mars was the twelfth highest paid musician of 2013, with earnings of ,839,681.
After ending the Moonshine Jungle Tour, Mars began working on his third studio album, 24K Magic.
Mars has received many awards and nominations, including five Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, three Guinness World Record, and was named one of Times 100 most influential people in the world in 2011.
Mars pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and in return was told that the charges would be erased from his criminal record as long as he stayed out of trouble for a year.
I used to do a lot of shows in Hawaii with my father's band. I told this person I could DJ because they said they could pay me cash under the table. I lost that job pretty quick." After Mars was dropped by the label less than a year after being signed, he stayed in Los Angeles and landed a music publishing deal in 2005 with Steve Lindsey and Cameron Strang at Westside Independent.
Everybody in my family sings, everyone plays instruments... and my phone's getting shut off.' That's when reality hit. Lindsey showed Mars and Jeff Bhasker (who Mars met through Mike Lynn) the ins and outs of writing pop music, and acted as a mentor helping them to hone their craft.
but had less commercial success worldwide than the previous two.
On May 24, 2013, Major Lazer released "Bubble Butt" as the fourth single from their album Free the Universe which featured Tyga, 2 Chainz, Mystic, and Mars on vocals, peanking at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.