After a No. 1 Billboard chart debut, immense raving from fans and a Grammy nomination for his studio opus, master funkateer Bruno Mars brought down the house for his first ever TV primetime special, Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo which aired on CBS this week.
The one-night only extravaganza opened up with a ride through Harlem. As if he needed to promote the event, Mars went door to door with flyers. “Everywhere you go,” he said. “You can feel it. The city’s singing.”
During the special, Bruno rocked the iconic Harlem stage with his band the Hooligans, performing his hits “That’s What I Like,” “24K Magic,” “Finesse,” “Perm,” and “Chunky,” among others.
When the opportunity presented itself, though, Bruno made sure to grab at it. He admits that television isn’t necessarily his forte, but the excitement of bringing the performance to TV viewers was too much to bear. Two years of recording, the total time it took to bring 24K Magic on wax, was well worth it. However, as his CBS television exclusive fell perfectly in line with the vision for himself and his team.
“This was the goal for us to be dancing more, to be draped in Versace, to be razzling and dazzling everywhere we go,” he told CBS. “I just hope that it helps people understand the message behind this album. This feel good R&B that I try to create and making them feel like they were at a party and right there with us.”
Experience the “24K Magic” experience on CBS here.