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Bruno Mars Was Slamming Down Those Who Say He Changed His Name Because He’s Ashamed Of Being Latino

Singer Bruno Mars, born Peter Hernandez, has been the subject of rumors that he took his stage name because he’s not proud of his Puerto Rican heritage – but he’s setting the record straight. In a new interview with Latina magazine, he gets candid about what it’s been like growing up with multiple identities and the realities of being Latino.

“Growing up in Hawaii, there are not too many Puerto Ricans there,” Bruno said in the interview. “Because of my hair, they thought I was black and white.”

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The 31-year-old is completely owning his legal name, Peter Hernandez, and his Puerto Rican heritage.

He says the insinuation that he changed his last name is insulting to him, especially considering he was named after his father.

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“My last name is Hernandez,” the singer said. “My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that. My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old. The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came [through] joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that.” His dad was a pimp… Say what? Well, he definitely had style.

As you can see, Bruno resembles his dad a lot. He said his dad’s style and demeanor totally influenced him. That Latino flashy-yet-smooth aesthetic is very apparent in Bruno’s “24K Magic” video.

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“He’s an old-school working musician, so that’s where the pinky rings come from, the patent-leather shoes, the suits, and the pompadour,” Mars said. “It all stems from watching my father. I remember at the time, me and my sisters would be a little embarrassed when he would take us to school in his big-ass Cadillac. No one had Cadillacs in Hawaii. But my dad would show up in some boat-looking Caddy wearing some silky shit, and we’d run out into the car as soon as possible. And here I am wearing the swap-meet gold, driving Cadillacs.” Swap-meet gold!? We love that!!

Growing up with a Puerto Rican/Jewish dad and a Filipino/Spanish mom, Bruno said his identity, although blurry at times, has always been intact. He’s now hoping to inspire others to own all of their racial and ethnic identities.

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“There are a lot of people who have this mixed background that are in this gray zone,” Bruno said. “A lot of people think, ‘This is awesome. You’re in this gray zone, so you can pass for whatever the hell you want.’ But it’s not like that at all. It’s actually the exact opposite.”

Bruno said that the universal sound in his music, which is influenced by Latin, soul, and hip-hop, is a reflection of his hope that people can relate to one another through their individual experiences.

“I hope people of color can look at me, and they know that everything they’re going through, I went through. I promise you.”

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Bruno said that his music isn’t aimed at one kind of demographic. “How are you going to tell me that this song that I’m writing is only going to be catered to Puerto Ricans or to white people or only Asian people?” Mars said. “How are you going to tell me that? My music is for anybody who wants to listen to it.”

That’s not all Bruno Mars had to say. Click here to head over to Latina to read more of his interview.

READ: 13 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Know Were Afro-Latino

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The Premios Juventud 2020 Line Up Is Going To Be The Perfect Escape From Our Collective Reality

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The Premios Juventud 2020 Line Up Is Going To Be The Perfect Escape From Our Collective Reality

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Premios Juventud 2020 is not going virtual, like most other major events. Instead, the awards show is going to be held in-person but with a virtual audience. Here’s who you can expect to take the stage this year.

The Premios Juventud 2020 is going on as planned, just with a virtual audience.

The awards show is celebrating its 20th year this year and the show is going on. The show is being aired from Miami, one of the worst-hit areas in the country for Covid-19, but the show promises to follow all safety standards based on local health guidelines. Here are some of the people you can expect to perform.

Natanael Cana

Cana will be giving corridos tumbados some massive exposure at the awards show. The genre of music is an exciting mix of corridos with trap and urban influences. The sound is something else and fans are excited to see the genre given some love on the stage.

CNCO

The boy band CNCO has become a beloved addition to Latin music. The group was formed after the first season of “La Banda,” a music competition show looking for the hottest new sound. Safe to say that the show’s judges did a good job putting this group together.

Rafa Pabön

Pabön is a major voice of Conciencia Collective and Black Lives Matter. The musician released a song called “Sine Aire” after the George Floyd protests that brought Black Lives Matter to the forefront of American culture. Conciencia Collective hosts weekly talks with We Are Mitú promoting advocacy in the music industry.

And, of course, host Sebastián Yatra.

Yatra will be joined on stage with Danna Paola to perform their duet “No Bailes Sola.” The awards show will definitely be a nice escape from our collective Covid reality. There might not be any fans at the show but the performers are all ready to give a great show to the virtual audience.

READ: A Growing Number Of Celebs Have Tested Positive For Covid-19, Reminding Us All We’re Still In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Taylor Swift Gave Kobe Bryant’s Daughter A Special Gift From Her ‘Folklore’ Music Video And It’s A Reminder That He Was A Big Fan Too

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Taylor Swift Gave Kobe Bryant’s Daughter A Special Gift From Her ‘Folklore’ Music Video And It’s A Reminder That He Was A Big Fan Too

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In her latest music video for “Cardigan”, Taylor Swift wore a cream cable-knit sweater that had gray stars on the elbows. Soon after she revealed that she was selling copies of the sweater on her website, fans went crazy. As part of the promotion for her new album “Folklore” Swift has been sending out replicas of the sweater to celebrities like Jennifer Hudson to promote its release. The album launched last Friday and has already sold more than 1.3 million copies worldwide according to Variety.

And while the replica cardigans might be selling fast, Swift made sure to send a very special one to Kobe Bryant’s eldest daughter Natalia.

Swift gave Natalia a replica of the cardigan she wore in the music video.

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“Thank you SO much @taylorswift,” Natalia wrote in a post to her Instagram story over the weekend with a photo of her wearing the cardigan. “I am OBSESSED with ‘folklore’!!!”

The Bryants have long been supporters of Swift over the years.

Kobe Bryant joined Swift onstage during two of her Staples Center performances. Once for her “1989” tour in 2015 and another time in 2018. Back when the singer went on her “Reputation” tour, she posed alongside the Bryants including (Kobe’s late daughter Gigi) backstage.

“My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy,” Swift wrote in response to the crash that killed Bryant in January. “Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.”