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Mark Ronson's Uptown Special
GRAMMY-winning producer Mark Ronson visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Ronson discussed the event that sparked his interest in DJing, and collaborating with GRAMMY winners Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse, among other topics.
"I'm incredibly fortunate because [Mars and Winehouse] are two of the most talented singer/songwriter/performers of the past 30 years," said Ronson. "I'm really lucky that they both ended up at my doorstep at some point in time."
Born in London, Ronson began his career as a DJ in New York in the late '90s, grabbing the attention of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and GRAMMY winner Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. His 2003 debut album, Here Comes The Fuzz, featured collaborations with artists such as Sean Paul and Jack White, among others. Subsequent releases include 2007's Version and 2010's Record Collection, both of which cracked the Billboard 200.
In 2006 Ronson produced Winehouse's GRAMMY-winning album, Back To Black, garnering him GRAMMYs for Best Pop Vocal Album, Record Of The Year for "Rehab" and Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. Ronson earned his most recent GRAMMY nomination for Record Of The Year as a co-producer of Mars' 2013 No. 1 hit, "Locked Out Of Heaven."
In 2014 Ronson and Mars reunited for the hit "Uptown Funk," which stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks, and topped charts in the U.K., Australia and France, among other countries. The track is featured on Ronson's latest solo album, Uptown Special, which peaked at No. 5 and features collaborations with GRAMMY winners Jeff Bhasker and Stevie Wonder, GRAMMY-nominated rapper Mystikal and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, among others.
Ronson is currently on an international tour with select dates scheduled through December.