Mars Shines Bright at the Grammy Awards…

He may have come away empty-handed at the 54thGrammy Awards on Sunday… But Bruno Mars still managed to be the night’s golden boy!

The 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer took the Grammy stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for a high-octane performance of his song “Runaway” during the show.

Bruno Mars Performing at the 2012 Grammys

Singing underneath a marquee emblazoned with his name, Mars—looking dapper in a 24-karat gold bowtie and blazer—helped lift the mood in the arena, which was grieving the death of Whitney Houston.

His performance may have focused on the party, but Mars still managed to show some love for Houston by giving her a shout-out mid-song.

Bruno Mars Performing at the 2012 Grammys

“Yo, tonight we celebrate. We celebrate the beautiful Miss Whitney Houston,” shouted Mars from the stage. “Get off your rich asses and let’s have fun!”

Mars was backed by a full band—complete with a horn section—that paid homage to his love of music from the ’60s.

Mars’ hit song “Grenade” was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, while his album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Mars to Perform at Grammy Awards Show

The 54th annual Grammy Awards may be exactly one month away… But Bruno Mars is already making plans for the big show.

The 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter—who scored six nominations for the 2012 Grammys, including nods in the three top categories—has been officially announced as a performer.

Bruno Mars

No word on what song Mars will perform, but his hit single “Grenade” is nominated for record of the year honors.

In addition to Mars, the first list of performers named includes Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson.

More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to next month’s ceremony.

The Grammy Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles, will air live onat 8:00 PM EST on Sunday, February 12.

Mars Receives More Grammy Attention!

Bruno Mars is apparently one of the Recording Academy’s Grammy golden boys…

After scoring seven nominations last year, the 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter has scored six nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, including nods in the three top categories.

Bruno Mars

Mars’ “Grenade” is nominated for record of the year honors—which recognizes performance and production—along with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Bon Iver’s “Holocene,” Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”

In addition, Mars’ I’d-die-for-your-love tune is up for song of the year, along with Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” (featuring Rihanna, Fergie and Kid Cudi), Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave,” Bon Iver’s “Holocene” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Meanwhile Mars’ “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” is nominated for album of the year, along with Adele’s “21,” Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light,” Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Rihanna’s “Loud.”

Mars also received nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Rap superstar Kanye West led the field with seven nominations, while British soul singer Adele received six nominations.

Other Hispanic musicians and acts receiving nods include Fergie, Christina Aguilera, Calle 13, Maná, Intocable and Pepe Aguilar.

Click here for the complete list of nominees.

The Grammy Awards will be handed out on February 12 in Los Angeles.