Mars Delivers Steamy Performance on New Single “Gorilla” at the MTV VMAs

Bruno Mars knows how to make audiences go bananas, as proven at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards show

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer, who claimed two Moonmen at the MTV VMAs on Sunday night, performed moments after winning his first-ever Moonman for Best Male Video for “Locked Out Of Heaven.”

Bruno Mars

Selena Gomez welcomed him to the stage, telling the room he “brings the house down every time he performs.” And, Mars didn’t disappoint.

The Grammy-winning singer performed his latest single, the super-sexified “Gorilla,” for the first time in front of the music industry’s brightest stars.

Taking the stage in a leopard shirt and his signature fedora, Mars slowed it down with his R&B jam without losing any of his onstage showmanship.

Mars was joined on stage by a full band, and a gorilla… on the screen behind him. The lights erupted with the chorus and given the song’s NSFW content, Mars even threw in a few air humps.

The singer spoke to MTV News during Saturday night’s rehearsals, about his return to the VMA stage and promised that his performance would “capture the essence of the song.” He added, “What can they expect from this performance? Two words: bang, bang. And twerking.”

“Gorilla” is the fourth single off of Mar’s sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, which was released last December.

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