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Bruno Mars Hottest Grammy Party: Keri Hilson, Monica, Janelle Monae, Brandy, & Smeezingtons

Generally the pop stars are the names you hear throughout the Grammy weekend, but Bruno Mars and the Smeezingtons Celebration at Bardot in Hollywood was the place to be during the Pre-Grammy festivities. The lines were long and the talent was hot. If you are thirsty for real music and true entertainer do not snooze on Bruno Mars when he comes to a town near you. Celebrity friends in attendance included Brandy Norwood, Keri Hilson, Janelle Monae, Monica, Wynter Gordon, Smeezington’s Phillip Lawrence and Ari Levine, and many more. Check out these pics from inside the event.

One doesn’t really appreciate the potential of Bruno Mars until you see him perform in a casual setting — like Bardot in Hollywood on Friday night, with friends, family and the famous surrounding him in the intimate room. It’s here where Mars, 25, shines. –LA Times Review

[Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez]

There’s a lot more, check put 20+ pics from Bruno Mars & Smeezingtons just for MrsGrapevine.com readers, when you continue on…

Over the course of the final 15 minutes of performance, Mars, wearing his trademark fedora, ripped through Prince‘s “Kiss,” Little Richard‘s “Long Tall Sally,” slipped in the occasional Bob Marley quote, before landing at Otis Redding‘s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” –LA Times Review

About 11:30 p.m. the man himself was ushered into the building. In a sunken room off the main dance floor, Mars and his band took over for the DJ, performing a mix of old-school (Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step,” Montel Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”) and, of course, a smooth groove mix of his Grammy-nominated “Just the Way You Are.” –Billboard Music

After “ABC,” Mars noted, “There’s a lot of special guests in the audience,” and pretty soon the affair assumed the vibe of a platinum-plated open mic night. First  Monica unexpectedly took the microphone for her 1995 hit “Before You Walk Out Of My Life”; next, a statuesque and very blonde Keri Hilson arrived onstage for a smoldering duet with Mars on his current smash, “Grenade.” –Rolling Stones

[Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez]

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