(AllHipHop News) Bruno Mars left the Grammy Awards on Sunday as the big winner of the night. The 24K Magic LP creator became the first solo male artist in 25 years to win Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Album Of The Year at the same ceremony.
While accepting the AOTY trophy, Mars recognized his R&B/New Jack Swing influences. His on-stage speech included shout outs to Babyface, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis.
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds spoke about Bruno’s public acknowledgement in an article for Billboard. The 11-time Grammy-winning singer/producer stated:
I'm very proud of [Mars] and his accomplishments. I had the opportunity to go into the studio and work with and write with him, and I had so much respect for his work ethic 'cause it was very close to how I did it, and how I do it. I think he's genius in his approach and one of the best entertainers we've had in a very, very long time. I consider Bruno in the same category with Prince and with Michael Jackson; He's one of those guys who can actually stand with those artists, and there aren't a lot of artists I can actually say that about and say it with confidence and feel like he would deserve to be on that same stage as them.
Babyface is currently working with Teddy Riley on the theme song for BET’s forthcoming Bobby Brown biopic. Both Edmonds and Riley wrote and produce records for the New Edition member in the 1990s.