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Mars is artist of the year

Bruno Mars is named Billboard's artist of the year

Bruno Mars is named Billboard’s artist of the year

Bruno Mars. has been picked as Billboard magazine’s top overall artist for 2013.

“It’s flattering. It’s just an honor,” said Mars, who began is career as a child star in Honolulu.

The singer’s year included a No. 1 hit with “When I Was Your Man” and a top 5 hit with “Treasure.” His  album, “Unorthdox Juxebox,” was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million copies.

Mars added that listeners have resonated with his music because it’s “relatable.”

Taylor Swift is the year’s top female artist for Billboard, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act.

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