Posted: 7:06 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Bruno Mars has some encouraging words for aspiring musicians: never underestimate an underdog.
The musician – who made his very first TV appearance on Ellen just four years ago - responded to criticism that he was too much of a newbie to be tasked with performing at the Super Bowl half time show saying ”I think that was by far the most disgusting thing I think I’ve heard. Not because it was taking a shot at me but I was thinking about aspiring young musicians who want to do this and even hearing the thought you need a fragrance or something like that is just is…you know what I would like to make a little speech and talk to them about this. Can I?
And then he went on to have his “Rocky” moment.
“Listen. Any young, aspiring musicians out there, if music is what you want to do, if music is what you love and your passion. It doesn’t take a fragrance, its not about the tabloids, it’s about you putting in the work, practicing everyday, practicing your vocals, practicing your instrument, practicing songwriting.”
“Hopefully one day you write the song the whole world wants to get down to and I promise you, I promise you one day you’re going to have your moment to shine and you’re going to have a lot of people saying that you cant do it and you’re not good enough.”
The 28-year-old concluded ”but I promise you, if you go out there and sing and you put your heart and soul into it and you follow your dream, one day you’re going to be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres, you’re going to be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres talking about how you broke records and rocked the Super Bowl. Stand up America”
He then ran up the stairs to the theme song to Rocky just like the iconic boxer did on film.