Bruno Mars continued to display his mastery of funk and 1980s R&B at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, performing “That’s What I Like” from last year’s 24K Magic album.
Mars was in full-on seduction mode on “That’s What I Like.” “I will never make a promise that I can’t keep,” he assures a prospective partner, and he follows that with another smooth-operator come-on: “I promise that your smile ain’t gon’ never leave.” In the song’s final third, Mars flies into the richest part of his voice to plead his case, bringing to mind the firepower of New Edition’s Johnny Gill.
At the Grammys, Mars executed tightly wound dance moves in sync with his two backup singers.
Mars is no stranger to the Grammys: he has performed at the ceremony multiple times and taken home four awards total.
Mars was especially successful last year for his work on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” which took home two awards, including Record of the Year.
This made Mars nervous about the release of his follow-up, 24K Magic.
“Coming off the biggest song of my career, it was super-daunting,” he told Rolling Stone.