2011 VMA First Look: Bruno Mars Gets Old-School In His VMA Promo Video

If the VMA First Look promo video were high school, then Bruno Mars would definitely be the all-star quarterback of the MTV VMA class of 2011. In our previous VMA promos, we’ve seen Lil Wayne crash the party as the ubiquitous bad boy, Britney Spears wow the crowd as homecoming queen (duhhh), and Lady Gaga as the artsy drama girl who decided to throw her own party altogether (again, duhhh). But four-time VMA nominee and grenade catcher Bruno plays the role of Mr. Popularity — and he does it quite well — in his VMA promo video.

Showing up to the shindig in a fitted letterman jacket and retro sunglasses, to the sounds of The Police’s “Roxanne,” Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally,” James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and his own songs like “Runaway Baby” and “Grenade,” Bruno busts into the party and immediately hugs every woman in the room (see: quarterback metaphor). He spends a little time as DJ, a little time as drummer, and a little time as the party photog before he ends up on the piano performing his VMA-nominated “Grenade.”

Check out Bruno Mars in his 2011 MTV VMA First Look promo video below, and tune in to the VMAs to see if he walks away with a Moonman (or four)!

Watch the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards live from Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV.com. Cast your votes for Best New Artist up until the show airs!