The 31-year-old entertainer said in a statement that he was "very thankful" to his audience 'for joining [him] in supporting this cause, ' which remains a major issue in the community. In 2014 the city-which according to the U.S. Census Bureau is 56.6% African-American with a median household income of $24, 862-switched water sources with a new pipeline connecting it to Flint River.
Saturday's concert was part of Mars' continuing 24K Magic World Tour, which wraps up its North American leg with four November shows at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., followed by swings through Latin America Oceana, Asia and Mexico into June of 2018. Due to insufficient water treatment, it was later found to contain unsafe levels of lead. The money is set to reach those who were affected by the Flint water crisis.
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The donation - dedicated to "our brothers and sisters in Flint", as Mars told the Palace crowd - will go to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. "We know Bruno Mars' $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint".
"[Bruno Mars] understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity", he continued. The second single from the five-time Grammy winning singer's album, "That's What I Like", debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in January.