Bruno Mars named 'Billboard' 'Artist of the Year'

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(USA TODAY) Bruno Mars is locked into Billboard's top honor of 2013.

The Locked Out of Heaven singer caps off a stellar year with the magazine's title of Artist of the Year. While the pop-culture sphere might have been a bit distracted by twerking, Mars spent the past 12 months racking up accolades and hits.

Chart-toppers off late 2012's Unorthodox Jukebox, such as TreasureLocked Out of Heaven and When I Was Your Man, carried Mars through radio this year and garnered four Grammy nominations (he has 18 total).

"What I'm hoping is that every album I'm going to do will give my audience something different, and that they'll grow as I do," Mars told USA TODAY last year.

"No one is handing Bruno Mars a record to make," Julie Greenwald, chairman/COO of Atlantic Records Group, told Billboard. "He's writing, producing with collaborative partners, singing, playing, choreographing - a quintuple threat who's great at executing his vision."

Mars, who will perform at the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show, came in No. 1 on eight of Billboard's year end lists, including "Hot 100 Artists," "Top Overall Artists," "Hot 100 Singles Airplay," "Hot Digital Songs," "Mainstream Top 40" and "Pop Digital Songs." That's a lot of hot.

The singer, whom Billboard calls "boldly ambitious and gloriously irreverent," is heading back out on a North American round of his Moonshine Jungle World Tour (dates have yet to be announced).

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