Bruno Mars at American Airlines Center
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Is Bruno Mars his generation’s Prince or Michael Jackson? Popularity-wise, the guy born Peter Hernandez certainly ranks as one of the top male singers of the past decade. He’s also won five Grammys — including Record of the Year for “Uptown Funk” — and performed in two Super Bowl halftime shows (and don’t rule out another appearance in February). While the 32-year-old singer may not be old enough or innovative enough to rival the Purple One or the King of Pop, he’s an enthralling showman with a growing list of funk- and R&B-influenced gems, including his recent hits “That’s What I Like” and “24K Magic,” the title track to his third album. On his current tour, Mars is performing the bulk of that album, along with older hits like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.” English vocalist Jorja Smith — a guest on Drake’s latest album — opens the show with a set of jazzy soul-pop.