The former won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.In 2011, Mars recorded the thriving single "It Will Rain" for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.In the same year, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for various successful singles for Mars himself and other artists.In 2016, Shampoo Press & Curl replaced The Smeezingtons on the composition of Mars' third studio album, 24K Magic.Although it was not released as a single in the US, it peaked at number 85 on the Hot 100 on January 15, 2011, due to strong digital sales, 2.2 million as of 2015, and entered in several charts worldwide.Mars pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and in return was told that the charges would be erased from his criminal record as long as he stayed out of trouble for a year.
I used to do a lot of shows in Hawaii with my father's band. I told this person I could DJ because they said they could pay me cash under the table. I lost that job pretty quick." After Mars was dropped by the label less than a year after being signed, he stayed in Los Angeles and landed a music publishing deal in 2005 with Steve Lindsey and Cameron Strang at Westside Independent.
His debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010) peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200 and reached the top in Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and in the United Kingdom albums charts.
It spawned the international number-one singles "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade" and "The Lazy Song".
Keith Harris, drummer for The Black Eyed Peas, told him: "Whatever it costs you to get out here, I'll reimburse you." Lawrence responded: "Just give me five dollars back for the bus." The pair began collaborating, writing songs for Mars, but they received many rejections from labels.
On the verge of giving up, they received a call from Brandon Creed, who was looking for songs for a reunited Menudo.