LOS ANGELES — Billboard has crowned Bruno Mars as its Artist of the Year over many musicians who grabbed more headlines through the year such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore &Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and others.
But in calculating which musicians exerted the strongest pressure on its charts throughout the year, Billboard found that no one topped Mars.
“Mars’ artist of the year nod may come as a surprise,” Billboard notes in its year-end wrap-up issue. “But as if on a stealth mission, the adventurous ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ commanded a steady presence on the Billboard 200 following its No. 2 debut last December.
Billboard pointed out that Mars’ album generated three Top 10 singles and that his Moonshine Jungle world tour ranked in the Top 25 tours of the year.