Published December 22, 2016
Billboard released its annual Year in Music issue and year-end charts, picking Bruno Mars as the magazine's Artist of the Year.
"It's flattering. It's just an honor," Mars said in an interview. "I'm proud to be a part of this whole team that I have."
Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top and Justin Timberlake is ruling the R&B chart after a seven-year hiatus from music.
Bruno Mars' year included a No. 1 hit with "When I Was Your Man" and a top 5 hit with "Treasure." His sophomore album, "Unorthdox Juxebox," was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It's the second best-selling album of the year behind Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."
Mars said listeners resonate with his music because it's "relatable."
"You know when you eat that food and it's filling that void you were missing," he said, describing his music.
Taylor Swift is the year's top female artist for Billboard, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act, while groups Flordia George Line and Imagine Dragons topped the country and rock charts, respectively.
Mars' impressive year also includes four Grammy nominations. His No. 1 hit, "Locked Out of Heaven," is up for two of the top awards, song and record of the year. He'll launch the second North American leg of his "Moonshine Jungle World Tour" this summer.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.