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May062016

M Is for the Many Things She Gave Me: Pop Stars Reveal Mom's Best Advice 

Jim Spellman/WireImageToday's pop stars might run the gamut from reggae to rock to pop, but they all have one thing in common: they all have mothers, and they'll be celebrating them -- or remembering them -- this Sunday, Mother's Day.  Here's a look at the important lessons that some of your favorite artists' mothers taught them.

On Sunday night, Alessia Cara will appear in a VH1 special called Dear Mama, saluting moms everywhere. She'll perform her latest hit, "Wild Things," in honor of her own mom and best friend, Enza.  Alessia tells ABC Radio that her mom "gives me all the advice in the world." 

She adds, "I think one of the best things she’s always told me is to...pick something that I wanna do and be the best at it [and] never do things halfway and always be passionate."  And another word of wisdom from mom: "Keep great people around you."  Says the "Here" singer, "Everything she’s ever said has been great."

Charlie Puth says that his mom is full of good advice, but she always tells it like it is, even if it's something he doesn't want to hear. "My mom’s very direct and doesn’t sugarcoat anything," he tells ABC Radio. "I would be making a song at 11 years old, producing it on my little piano, and I’d show it to her and she would be like, 'This isn’t good. You have to fix this, this and this.' And I would be all mad, but then I would listen to it later and be like, 'Oh, she was right.'”

The "See You Again" singer adds, "I would [sometimes] get a little verbally bullied at school and she'd be like, 'Who cares what anybody thinks, Charlie? Just stay home and work on your music.' So that’s really been the best advice that my mom has ever given me."

Hozier's mother is an accomplished artist who painted the image on the cover of his acclaimed debut album.  What was the best advice she ever gave him?  "I think it would be tricky to think of just one," says the Grammy-nominated singer. "I suppose, 'Just keep going.' You know, as bad as things get...if you decide that there’s no limit to what s*** you can go through, you can keep going."

OMI, who topped the charts for weeks last year with his smash "Cheerleader," says his mom is a pretty good cheerleader herself when it came to encouraging him. "She always repeated something my dad usually says, is, 'Ambition beats condition,'” he tells ABC Radio. "It’s like, it doesn’t matter what’s your condition or your situation. If you have ambition, you can overcome it."  OMI did just that, becoming the first reggae artist to top the Billboard chart in more than a decade.

VH1's Dear Mama special also features Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah honoring their moms, and Will Smith's kids Trey, Jaden and Willow paying tribute to Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith.  It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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