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So how well do you know Bruno?

FARGO--Last week The Forum asked area music fans how they were making the decision over which big Friday night show to attend; the second night of WE Fest featuring Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and others, or Bruno Mars at the Fa...

Seven-year-old Bruno Mars does his Elvis impersonation in the 1992 comedy, "Honeymoon in Vegas." Special to The Forum
Seven-year-old Bruno Mars does his Elvis impersonation in the 1992 comedy, "Honeymoon in Vegas." Special to The Forum
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FARGO-Last week The Forum asked area music fans how they were making the decision over which big Friday night show to attend; the second night of WE Fest featuring Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and others, or Bruno Mars at the Fargodome.

While readers overwhelming said they would go to Mars, not everyone agreed.

"I'll take WE Fest over Bruno Mars anytime, whoever the heck he is," wrote Don Asheim.

OK, so, maybe not everyone listens to contemporary pop radio, which the 31-year-old Mars has dominated since his 2010 debut. And maybe some people have still avoided ear worms like "Uptown Funk," "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Just the Way You Are."

So, for the benefit of those who say they don't know "whoever the heck he is," here are five times you would've been introduced to Mr. Mars.

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1. "Honeymoon in Vegas"

Though he made his major label debut with 2010's "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," the native Hawaiian made his silver screen debut at the age of 7 in the 1992 Nicolas Cage/Sarah Jessica Parker comedy, "Honeymoon in Vegas" as Little Elvis singing "Can't Help Falling in Love." Mars returned to the big screen in 2014's "Rio 2," playing Roberto in the animated movie. He recorded the song "Welcome Back" for the soundtrack.

2. Hits from other artists

While he's had five #1 hits and nine top 10 singles on his own, he's also contributed to a number of hits by other artists, like the 2010 Cee Lo Green's feel-good kiss-off, "Forget You," and the Grammy-winning "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B.

3. 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

You don't have to watch MTV's Video Music Awards to remember the 5-foot-10-inch (without heels) Taylor Swift towering over the 5-foot-5-inch Mars during the 2013 show as photos of the pairing went viral.

4. Super Bowl XLVIII

Mars cemented his spot as a pop icon when he headlined the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show in 2014. The set, which also included the Red Hot Chili Peppers drew an audience of 115.3 million viewers, a record at the time. More people watched the halftime show than the actual game, a 43-8 blowout of the Denver Broncos by the Seattle Seahawks. Mars was so popular he returned to halftime show in 2016 as a guest of Coldplay.

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5. 2017 Grammy Awards

While he got more attention for what he wore (3-inch heels, a tuxedo and a fur coat) than what he played ("Chunky") during the Victoria's Secret 2016 Fashion Show, the same wasn't true at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Though he channeled Prince's style, wearing a sparkly purple suit, he showed his reverence for the late artist by jamming out a spot-on "Let's Go Crazy."

If You Go

What: Bruno Mars

When: 8 p.m., Friday

Where: Fargodome, 1800 University Dr. N.

Info: Tickets from $40 - $125. " target="_blank">fargodome.com/

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