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Bruno Mars Plays Newtown Tribute On Ellen DeGeneres Show

December 19, 2012 05:39 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

He may have lit up The Voice stage with last night’s rousing rendition of When I Was Your Man, but this certainly was not Bruno Mars’ most touching performance of the day. Not that the hit singer sounded bad or anything — it just wasn’t possible for him to top the tear-jerker performance that had taken place on Ellen DeGeneres’ show earlier that day.

We’ve seen plenty of tributes to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting this week, including a lovely performance from the contestants of The Voice. Joining in on the week of prayer and remembrance was Bruno Mars, hit singer and frequent reality show guest star.

When he first heard about the shooting, Bruno Mars tweeted, “Sickened by this horrible news in Connecticut. My prayers are with those families.” Of course, there’s more meaningful ways to honor those lost in a tragedy than simply typing up a Twitter post. Bruno decided to go the extra mile by opening Tuesday’s episode of Ellen with a beautiful rendition of Count on Me. The song is a fitting one in the wake of the tragedy — it combines the perfect mix of melancholy and hope with a set of lyrics that recall the days of childhood.

Almost as notable as the top-notch vocals was the absence of Bruno’s trademark fedora. Ellen DeGeneres commented on the wardrobe change, noting that the singer was “kinda known” for always wearing hats. Bruno’s response? “I let myself go, Ellen.”  Good thing Ellen DeGeneres always comes prepared! She presented Bruno with a delightfully tacky hat, complete with a sprig of mistletoe, a touch she claimed would make the hat, “useful.” Not that he needs mistletoe to attract female attention!

Check out Bruno Mars’ performance for yourself and then tell us what you think!

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