Lenny Kravitz
American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Lenny Kravitz
Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose “retro” style incorporated elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often played all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos.
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Turns Out Nicole Kidman And Lenny Kravitz Were Once Engaged?
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The Grammy Awards 20 Years Ago Were So Typically '90s
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World Cafe Next: Gabriel Garzón-Montano
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The R&B singer's sound has captivated Mayer Hawthorne, Lenny Kravitz and Drake. Hear two tracks from his new album, Jardín. (Image credit: Mathew Scott/Courtesy of the artist)
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Lee Daniels Made 'Star' For 'White People To Feel Good About Being White'
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Lee Daniels believes casting a white woman as the main character in his new series, “Star,” is going to help ease the racial tensions in America.  In an interview with EBONY published Wednesday, Lee said he wants to “explore race in a way that we haven’t seen it before on a network series” with the new Fox show. To achieve that, Daniels cast actress Jude Demorest to play the titular character, Star, a young woman who embarks upon a music career after a tough life in foster care. The series also stars Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, and Naomi Campbell.  “We are in a very dangerous state right now in our country and I wanted white people to feel good about being white because right now, there’s a lot of hatred going on,” Daniels told EBONY. The director and “Empire” creator said that he believes the show will will open up frank conversation about race. “I think we’ve gotten too politically correct with primetime,” Daniels added. “We’re just not in your face anymore. You can g ...
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Sorry Internet, But Men Have Been Wearing Chokers For Decades
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The internet had their chokers a little too tightly wound on Tuesday when word spread that Asos offers chokers for men. Just one day later, Matt Lauer got some attention on the “Today” show for trying one on: What a time. pic.twitter.com/ygKf8AiJ70 — Maura Brannigan (@maura_brannigan) January 4, 2017 But we cannot sit idly by a second longer without calling attention to the fact that a) everyone should wear whatever they want, whenever they want and b) men have been wearing chokers for decades. It is in that spirit that we present to you some of our favorite men-in-choker moments, in no particular order, because they are all equally epic, gosh darn it.   Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano in “My So-Called Life”  OK, we lied. This one is our favorite. Jordan Catalano forever.  Mick Jagger Waiting to see a replica of this one on the internet in 3..2.. David Bowie Just one of Bowie’s many iconic fashion moments.  Lenny Kravitz Before th ...
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Music Festivals: Summer Sounds of Ascona
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In Southern Switzerland, just a short train ride from Lugano, you'll find yourself in the tiny lakeside town of Ascona, which is packed with more outsized possibilities than its demure posture might suggest on the surface. With Lake Maggiore as a backdrop, Ascona hosts an open air market chock full of locally produced bounty every Tuesday from March 22 through October 11, while also serving as a departure point for shopaholics desirous of ferrying over to Italy for a day of shopping. That said, the town's most powerful draw, particularly as summer rolls around, is music. In fact, with not just one but three major music festivals in Ascona and neighboring Locarno, you might even say that these are in fact the hills that are alive with music. Ascona Jazz Festival This annual jazz festival focused on classic jazz, contemporary jazz, the music of New Orleans, swing, mainstream blues, gospel and R&B is a music aficionado's dream. Every June, against the same magical back ...
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Hollywood Pays Tribute to Legendary Artist Prince
Yahoo News - 10 months
Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Shonda Rhimes, Justin Timberlake, Chris Rock and more expressed their sadness on social media.
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The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: 'Generation Africa' Tackles the Refugee Crisis with Fashion
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Backstage at the 'Generation Africa' show, photo by Trevor Stuurman I'll admit that the fashion show I most look forward to at every edition of Pitti Uomo is the one organized by the folks at the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a program of the International Trade Center -- a joint agency of the UN and the WTO. This time around, the event was titled "Generation Africa", and it included four designers, four beautiful point of views and four different ways of looking at fashion. But, for the first time in Florence, this edition of the fashion show also included three asylum seekers, as models, trained and aided by Lai-momo, an Italian association that promotes cross-cultural exchanges between Africa and Europe, "with the aim of reducing stereotypes and preconceptions," as the press release for the event pointed out. Could a fashion show be more perfect than that? In my book, well, you must know the short answer by now... The long answer? Calling someone simply "the Other" and forgett ...
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David Bowie's Death Leads to 100 Million Facebook Interactions in First 12 Hours
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Posts from Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz and Ricky Gervais were some of the social network's top pieces from public figures.
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Do These Leggings Make My Labia Look Big?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When I mentioned to a group of people, that I like a particular San Francisco neighborhood, the flowing conversation quickly reached an awkward pause. "Mara, you write about fashion, how can you like a neighborhood where women are clones in Lululemon yoga pants?" said one woman, with a slight lisp from her newly pierced lower lip.  I don't know, call me "uncool," but after seeing a man publicly masturbate and then get solicited by a group of men in a "hipper" and "edgier" area, I appreciate this somewhat bland, but clean neighborhood. Of course yoga pants have steadily made their way out of the studio and onto the streets. With Lululemon creating yoga pants that recreate the perfect booty, why wouldn't women want to wear flattering spandex as pants? And it's not just in San Francisco. From the the most sophisticated Upper East Siders in Manhattan to the Los Angeles suburbs, women are well aware they landed on a booty gold mine with pants that give them legitimate curves. How can ...
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Can Miley Cyrus Educate Millennials About the Fight Against AIDS?
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At Carnegie Hall this past Tuesday night, Miley Cyrus joined U2's Bono and The Edge, Hozier and Jessie J for a World AIDS Day event featuring U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, former POTUS Bill Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, Michael Bloomberg and other luminaries of philanthropy. During the program, which celebrated the work of Bono's organizations (RED) and ONE, Jessie J wowed with a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain," Hozier brought the blues to a collaborative version of U2's "When Love Comes to Town," and Cyrus powered through her own kookily melancholic ballad, "Pablow the Blowfish" (also performed recently on Saturday Night Live). But when the 23-year-old former Hannah Montana star took the stage at the close of the evening to share a verse with Bono on a finale of U2's "One," which was backed by a full symphony orchestra and had the capacity crowd on its feet, she didn't remember the lyrics. Bono recovered the vocal line and it ended up being no big deal. It was an inspiring event - ...
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So That's Why Jeff Bridges Always Seems So Relaxed And Happy
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So That's Why Jeff Bridges Always Seems So Relaxed And Happy
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lenny Kravitz
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    As a designer, Kravitz launched a furniture collection in partnership with CB2 in 2015.
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    On August 4, 2015, Kravitz was performing a concert in Stockholm.
    More Details Hide Details During a guitar solo, he squatted down, causing his leather pants to rip. Kravitz was not wearing underwear and his genitals were briefly exposed to the audience. He did not face any legal repercussions from the incident.
    On February 1, 2015, Kravitz performed alongside Katy Perry at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
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  • 2014
    On September 23, 2014, Lenny Kravitz released his tenth studio album Strut on his own Roxie Records via Kobalt Label Services.
    More Details Hide Details The single "The Chamber" was released on June 24, 2014, followed by "Sex" on August 6 and "New York City" on October 21. along with the title track on February 17 and then the final single "The Plesaure And The Pain" on June 26.
    On March 18, 2014, Private First Class Kravitz received the Medal of Honor in a ceremony that awarded it to 23 other servicemen who were passed over because of their ethnicity.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz grew up spending weekdays on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with his parents, attending P.S. 6 for elementary school, and weekends at his grandmother Bessie Roker's house in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Kravitz began banging on pots and pans in the kitchen, playing them as drums at the age of 3. At the age of 5, he wanted to be a musician. He began playing the drums and soon added guitar. Kravitz grew up listening to the music his parents listened to: R&B, jazz, classical, opera, gospel, and blues. "My parents were very supportive of the fact that I loved music early on, and they took me to a lot of shows," Kravitz said. Around the age of 7, he saw The Jackson 5 perform at Madison Square Garden, which became his favorite group. His father, who was also a jazz promoter, was friends with Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, Miles Davis and other jazz greats. Ellington even played "Happy Birthday" for him one year when he was about 5. He was exposed to the soul music of Motown, Stax, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers and Gamble and Huff growing up who were key influences on his musical style. Kravitz often went to see New York theater, where his mother worked.
  • 2012
    Lenny Kravitz played the part of Katniss' creative stylist, Cinna, in the first two Hunger Games films, The Hunger Games released on March 23, 2012 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire released on November 22, 2013.
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    On February 26, 2012, he performed at the Daytona International Speedway (several songs carried live on Fox) for the Daytona 500, the opening race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
    More Details Hide Details A sample of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" was used in American singer Chris Willis's single "Too Much In Love", released on August 16, 2011.
  • 2011
    As late as 2011, Kravitz stated that his 2005 religious commitment to remain celibate until remarriage was unchanged.
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    On December 1, 2011, Kravitz was honored with one of the highest cultural awards in France when he was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French cultural minister Frederic Mitterrand in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz stated he was "particularly touched" to receive the award in France as his success in the country pre-dated his success in the United States and still enjoys great record sales in the country today. Kravitz joins other American recipients such as Martin Scorsese, George Clooney, and Bob Dylan.
    On December 1, 2011, Kravitz was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
    More Details Hide Details He played Cinna in the Hunger Games film series. Kravitz was born in Manhattan, New York. He is the son of Roxie Roker, an actress known for her character Helen Willis in the 1970s television sitcom The Jeffersons, and Sy Kravitz, an NBC television news producer. His father was from a Jewish family (with origins from Ukraine; see the Kravits surname). His mother was of Bahamian and African-American descent, and was from a Christian family. Kravitz is the cousin (once removed) of television weather presenter Al Roker. During his early years, Kravitz did not grow up in a religious environment. After a spiritual experience when he was 13, he started attending church, becoming a non-denominational Christian. Kravitz was named after his uncle, Private First Class Leonard M. Kravitz, who was killed in action in the Korean War at the age of 20, while defending against a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon; he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross but was denied the Medal of Honor.
  • 2010
    In June 2010 it was announced that Kravitz would guest star on an episode of the upcoming season of Entourage.
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    It was announced that Kravitz would be supporting U2 on their 360 Tour on the second North American leg in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz agreed to support them for four shows. Though the shows were postponed until 2011, Kravitz remained committed for four of the shows.
    Kravitz's next album, tentatively titled Funk, was tentatively re-titled Negrophilia and was due out sometime in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details This is believed to be a project that Kravitz has been working on since 1997. Some of the original tracks for Funk were recorded while he was in New Orleans at Allen Toussaint's studio while taking a break for several months from recording in New York City. A video on Kravitz's Twitter page shows him working on one of the songs for the album, called "Super Love", in his GTS studios in the Bahamas. Another video shows him working on another track titled "Life Ain't Never Been Better Than It Is Now" in his GTS Studios. On his Twitter page, Kravitz said that the album title was Negrophilia but then "felt like something else". Eventually the album was later named Black and White America. The album was released on August 22, 2011 in Europe and August 30, 2011 in the U.S.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Kravitz made his feature film acting debut in Precious which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details During the Italian leg of his 53 date Let Love Rule (20)09 European tour, Kravitz had been instructed to cancel some shows due to a bad bout of bronchitis. Under strict orders from his doctor, the singer was told to rest so that he could make a quick recovery and return to the stage for the rest of his tour. Shows scheduled for Rome on June 5 and Brescia on June 6 were postponed to late July.
  • 2008
    On July 15, 2008, Lenny was honored in Milan, Italy with the key to the city in a special toast ceremony for his work with the United Nations Millennium Campaign to end world poverty.
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    On March 19, 2008 he canceled the South American part of his tour due to the same illness.
    More Details Hide Details The decision affected planned concerts in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. In Argentina Kravitz had a performance in the biggest rock festival there, Quilmes Rock Fest.
    On February 11, 2008, Kravitz was admitted to Miami Hospital suffering from severe bronchitis.
    More Details Hide Details He had been suffering from a series of severe respiratory tract infections since mid-January, and the illness developed into bronchitis. Kravitz's illness had forced him to postpone Canadian dates and his trip to Europe to promote his album It Is Time for a Love Revolution.
    On January 17, 2008, Kravitz embarked on a 9 city mini-tour to promote his new album It Is Time for a Love Revolution.
    More Details Hide Details The tour started in Santa Monica, California and ended in New York City on February 1. The tour was done in association with Myspace and called the "Get on the Bus" tour. At each stop on the tour, they would pick up one contest winner and their guest and they rode on the "Love Revolution" bus until the end of the tour. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, a close friend of Lenny's would appear at The Orpheum Theater in Boston. The New York City winner, Tyrone Good was presented a train ticket from Penn Station to travel to Philadelphia and rode with the tour the rest of the way starting in Philadelphia (The Electric Factory), Boston (The Orpheum Theater), and finally New York City (The Hammerstein Ballroom). Ryan Neuerburg, the San Francisco winner, embarked on almost the entire tour with his father, Tom Neuerburg. The winners were featured in the YRB February Edition alongside Lenny Kravitz in a magazine pull-out. The photo shoot took place at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on stage. The winner's pull out was featured in another issue of YRB which had Lil' Wayne on the cover.
  • 2007
    Kravitz performed at the Grey Cup halftime show in Toronto at the Rogers Centre on November 25, 2007, where the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-19.
    More Details Hide Details The original video for "I'll Be Waiting" was shot in Central Park in New York City with Marc Webb directing but that video was later shelved and a new version, which Kravitz co-directed with Philip Andelman, was filmed in Lenny's New York City recording studio. The video premiered on VH1's Top 20 Countdown at number 3.
    Also in 2007, Kravitz released a version of "Cold Turkey" by John Lennon on the charity CD Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz also spent time recording his latest album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution, released February 5, 2008. On September 25, 2007, the Fats Domino tribute album "Goin' Home; A Tribute To Fats Domino" was released. Kravitz was on the song "Whole Lotta Lovin'" along with Rebirth Brass Band, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker.
    On July 7, 2007, Kravitz performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro, making him one of three major international rock stars to perform two huge free concerts at the world-famous Copacabana Beach along with Macy Gray and the Rolling Stones.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz had already played there on March 21, 2005, drawing 300,000 people on a concert of his own. The Live Earth concert, with eight other acts on the bill, including Pharrell and Macy Gray, took 400,000 to the beach.
  • 2006
    In January 2006, Kravitz contributed "Breathe" to absoluttracks, a project sponsored by Absolut Vodka.
    More Details Hide Details This song was re-mixed by ten musical producers and distributed via the internet. Kravitz appeared in the audience of Madonna's Confessions Tour (2006) during numerous shows. He later joined Madonna live on stage to play guitar on the song, "I Love New York", at the last of four Paris shows. Kravitz founded a design firm named Kravitz Design, stating if he hadn't been a musician he would have been a designer. Kravitz Design, focused on interior and furniture design, has designed residential spaces, as well as a chandelier for the crystal company Swarovski, named "Casino Royale".
  • 2005
    The night before that tour started, October 29, 2005, Lenny's father, TV producer Seymour "Sy" Kravitz, died.
    More Details Hide Details During that first show, Lenny broke the news to the stunned crowd and stated it was not a time to be sad, but rather a time to celebrate because he is now in Heaven. Lenny then dedicated Let Love Rule to his father. That tour was so successful that it was extended through February 25, 2006 and ended in Anaheim, California.
    Kravitz served as the opening act for Aerosmith who are long term friends of Kravitz on their fall 2005 tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour began on October 30 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
    From March 2005, Kravitz toured all over the world with the tour Electric Church, which ended at the Brixton Academy, London in July 2005.
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  • 2004
    Also in 2004, he appeared on N.E.R.D's album Fly or Die.
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    Kravitz's seventh album Baptism was released in May 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The first single was "Where Are We Runnin'? ". The single "California" failed to be commercially successful, but "Storm", featuring Jay-Z, reached the charts. "Calling All Angels" was successful in various countries and a huge hit in Brazil, however it was "Lady" that became the album's surprise hit, making the US Top 30 and propelling Baptism to gold status.
    Kravitz also appeared on Unity, the official album of the 2004 Athens Olympics, and performed a cover of "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)" on the album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
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  • 2003
    In early 2003, Kravitz released the track "We Want Peace" as a download-only track as a protest against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he performed this alongside famous Iraqi singer Kazem Al Saher at Rock The Vote.
    More Details Hide Details The track reached #1 on the world internet download charts and MP3.com download chart.
  • 2002
    In September 2002, Kravitz appeared alongside other rock stars in the episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" of The Simpsons.
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    Jay-Z invited Kravitz to appear on the track "Guns and Roses" on his 2002 The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz would also join P. Diddy, Pharrell and Loon on the track "Show Me Your Soul" from the Bad Boys II Soundtrack.
    He won his fourth Grammy in 2002. "Stillness of Heart", "Believe in Me", and "If I Could Fall In Love" were subsequent singles from the album.
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  • 2001
    In 2001, he began dating model Adriana Lima. In 2002, the couple was engaged, but less than a year later, the engagement was called off.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz identifies himself as a Christian in a religious sense, "through choice but I'm also a Jew, it's all the same to me". During another interview Kravitz stated, "I'm half Jewish, I'm half black, I look in-between." He also notes that spirituality "has been an important issue in my growth", given his upbringing by parents of different faiths. Such spirituality is prominently featured in many of his songs, such as the lyrics on his album Baptism, and having his back inscribed with a tattoo stating, "My Heart Belongs to Jesus Christ."
    Kravitz was the subject of a photo book by former chief photographer for Rolling Stone, Mark Seliger. Published in November 2001, Seliger captures Kravitz on tour, with family, with friends and in posed portraits.
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    The video for "Dig In" was originally supposed to be shot at the top of the Empire State Building on September 12, 2001 but the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 caused the location to be moved.
    More Details Hide Details The video was later shot off the coast Miami.
    Kravitz released his sixth album Lenny in October 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The album was recorded in Miami. Kravitz wrote the song "Bank Robber Man" after the Miami Police Department detained and cuffed him while walking to the gym with his trainer because police stated that he matched the description of a bank robber. Kravitz did not have any identification with him at the time and the police on the scene did not believe that he was indeed Lenny Kravitz. The bank teller who was robbed was then brought to the scene and said Kravitz was not the bank robber. Miami Police later sent officers to Kravitz's home to apologize for the detention. When asked if he thought the incident was a case of racial profiling, Kravitz said he wasn’t sure although some of the lyrics in the song suggest otherwise. The first single from the album, "Dig In", went to number 1 in Argentina and the top 10 in Italy and Portugal.
    In 2001, Kravitz participated in a benefit auction for the Red Hot Organization, in conjunction with Amazon.com to increase public AIDS awareness, which ran from February 28 until April 11, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The event featured rare RHO memorabilia and the work of Rolling Stone photographer Mark Seliger.
    Kravitz also co-wrote the song "God Gave Me Everything" with Mick Jagger in this period, appearing on Jagger's 2001 solo album Goddess in the Doorway and in the film Being Mick.
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    The single "Again" earned him his third consecutive Grammy for the Best Male Rock Vocal in the Grammy Awards of 2001 and peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
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  • 2000
    Kravitz released a Greatest Hits album in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details It proved to be his most successful album, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200 and selling nearly 11 million copies worldwide and ultimately becoming one of the most commercially successful albums of the decade.
    His cover version of The Guess Who's hit "American Woman" won him another Grammy at the Grammy Awards of 2000 and helped The Guess Who's song reach a new audience.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Kravitz's version of the song originally came from the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and was added to 5 as a bonus track in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz worked on two songs for Michael Jackson's Invincible album released in 2001; a snippet of "Another Day" has leaked, and the full version was officially released on the album Michael in 2010.
    In 1999 he produced and sang with Cree Summer on her solo album Street Faërie.
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    He would win the first of his four consecutive Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Other hits from the album included "If You Can't Say No", that was also remixed by dance producer Brian Transeau, and "I Belong to You". For the "I Belong to You" video Lenny can be seen without his signature dreadlocks.
    He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male.
    More Details Hide Details He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, BRIT Awards, and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
  • 1997
    He then dated French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis until 1997.
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  • 1995
    In 1995, Lenny Kravitz released the album Circus, which went to number 10 on the Billboard chart on the back of his past achievement.
    More Details Hide Details However, the album only had two hit singles: "Rock and Roll Is Dead" and "Can't Get You Off My Mind". With 5 (1998), Kravitz embraced digital technology such as Pro Tools and samplers for the first time. Recorded in both his own New York City carriage house, and Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas, Kravitz employed engineer/producer Terry Manning to handle the recording duties. 5 introduced his music to an even wider audience thanks to the hit single "Fly Away" being featured prominently in both car manufacturer and airline commercials. 5 would reach number 28 on the Billboard 200, with "Fly Away" reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped both the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts, and reached number 1 in the United Kingdom.
    Roxie Roker, Kravitz's mother, died in California on December 2, 1995, of breast cancer at the age of 66.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Kravitz recorded a funk-rock version of the song "Deuce" for the KISS cover album KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved.
    More Details Hide Details The track featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and background vocals. This song was one of three radio singles from the album, and was also the album's lead-off track.
    A feature documentary about his 1994 tour entitled Alive from Planet Earth was directed by Doug Nichol and released.
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  • 1993
    Kravitz and Bonet divorced amicably in 1993.
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    In 1993, he also released the EP Spinning Around Over You, which included four live tracks from his "Universal Love Tour".
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    In 1993, Are You Gonna Go My Way was released, reaching number 12 on the Billboard 200 and Kravitz earned a BRIT Award for best international male artist in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The title track won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video for the video produced by Mark Romanek, in which Kravitz slung his dreadlocks and wore high-heeled platform boots. During the presentation of the MTV Video Music Awards, he performed the song with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin on bass. Several singles from the album would follow, including "Believe", "Is There Any Love In Your Heart", and "Heaven Help/Spinning Around Over You". This album was the first to feature guitarist Craig Ross, who has also played on all his subsequent albums. One song, "Eleutheria", was influenced by the island Eleuthera in The Bahamas where Kravitz built a house and recording studio at that time.
    In 1993, Kravitz wrote "Line Up" for Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and appeared on Mick Jagger's solo album, Wandering Spirit, in a cover of the Bill Withers soul classic "Use Me", and played guitar on the title track of David Bowie's The Buddha of Suburbia.
    More Details Hide Details That year Kravitz also got to work with idols Al Green and Curtis Mayfield.
    Kravitz and Bonet divorced in 1993.
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  • 1991
    In 1991, Kravitz produced the self-titled album Vanessa Paradis for French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis.
    More Details Hide Details He played most of the instruments and co-wrote most of the songs on the album. He also released his second album, Mama Said, which was his first album to reach the Top 40. The songs on the album were about Bonet and dedicated to her, documenting his depression over their breakup. Kravitz's biggest single yet, "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over", went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single "Always on the Run", a tribute to his mother, featured Slash on guitar. "Stand by My Woman" and "What Goes Around Comes Around" followed. Sean Lennon co-wrote and played piano on the song "All I Ever Wanted".
    Kravitz separated from Lisa Bonet in 1991, amid rumors of an affair between him and Madonna.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz has denied any infidelity.
  • 1990
    In 1990, Kravitz produced the song "Justify My Love" for Madonna, which he co-wrote with Ingrid Chavez.
    More Details Hide Details The song, which appeared on her greatest hits album The Immaculate Collection and created controversy because of its explicit video, went to number 1 for two consecutive weeks. When MTV banned the video, the video was quickly made available for sale at record stores, and immediately sold over 500,000 copies.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Kravitz released his début album Let Love Rule on September 6, 1989, a combination of rock and funk with a 1960s vibe.
    More Details Hide Details Music critics were mixed: some felt Kravitz was a gifted new artist, others felt he was overpowered by his musical influences. The album was a moderate success in the United States, but became an instant hit outside of the US, especially in Europe. Lisa Bonet directed the debut music video for the title track, "Let Love Rule". Stephen Smith signed Kravitz with talent booking agency CAA, who soon were fielding offers for Kravitz, first on a club tour, and then in opening slots for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan and David Bowie. Having played essentially all of the instruments on the album, Kravitz had to quickly assemble a touring band to support the Let Love Rule release. They included a childhood friend, Zoro on drums (formerly of Bobby Brown's band), Adam Widoff (guitar), Lebron Scott (bass guitar, recruited from Curtis Mayfield's band after seeing them perform in a NYC club), Kenneth Crouch (keyboards) and Karl Denson on saxophone. In May 2009, a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of "Let Love Rule" was released worldwide by Virgin. The double disk includes a booklet with rare photos, and 18 additional demos, bonus tracks and live recordings. Kravitz launched a LLR(20) tour of Europe and the United States in support of the re-release.
  • 1988
    In October 1988, after completing most of the recording, Kravitz approached friend Stephen Elvis Smith who had served as the Music Supervisor on Lisa Bonet's spin-off of The Cosby Show, A Different World.
    More Details Hide Details Smith had also worked with Kravitz' mother Roxie Roker, on the hit sitcom The Jeffersons. Kravitz urged Smith to manage his career and assist him in finding a record deal. In less than a month of shopping the recordings, five labels (Warner Bros, Elektra, Geffen, Capitol and Virgin) were in a bidding war for Kravitz. Eventually a deal was made with Virgin Records in January 1989, and signed by Virgin A&R executive Nancy Jeffries. The label was excited about the music he was making, music inspired by his relationship with wife Bonet and their new daughter, Zoe. On Smith's urging, Kravitz dropped the name Romeo Blue and reclaimed the Lenny Kravitz moniker. About his time as Romeo Blue, Kravitz said, "Ultimately, it got me back to myself. And when I finally did accept myself for myself, music started flowing out of me."
  • 1987
    Kravitz and Bonet eloped to be married on November 16, 1987, her 20th birthday, in a Las Vegas ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Kravitz, still known as Romeo Blue at the time, suddenly found himself in the headlines of tabloid newspapers. They had a daughter, Zoë Isabella Kravitz, born on December 1, 1988, who became an actress, singer, and model.
  • 1985
    In 1985, Kravitz's parents divorced, which had a profound impact on him.
    More Details Hide Details His relationship with his father became extremely strained. Kravitz focused on his music to help him get through this period. That year, Kravitz met actress Lisa Bonet backstage at a New Edition concert. Bonet worked on The Cosby Show, the number one rated show on television. They were close friends for two years before falling in love. Like Kravitz, Bonet is half African-American and half Russian-Jewish. Kravitz moved back to New York City where The Cosby Show was produced in 1987, moving in with Bonet.
    With record labels still telling him his music was not "black enough" or "white enough", Kravitz decided to record an album on his own. Kravitz had met recording engineer/keyboardist/bassist Henry Hirsch in 1985 when recording a demo at his Hoboken, New Jersey recording studio.
    More Details Hide Details The two shared an interest in using real instruments and vintage recording equipment, as well as a love of R&B, jazz, and rock. Kravitz would go on to collaborate with Hirsch on most of his albums. Kravitz began working on his debut album with Hirsch over the next year and a half, with Kravitz's father paying for the studio time. Kravitz met saxophonist Karl Denson and invited him to play on the song, "Let Love Rule". Kravitz was so impressed with his playing that Denson played on much of the album. Denson toured with Kravitz for the next five years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    In 1978, Kravitz was accepted into the school's well-respected music program.
    More Details Hide Details He taught himself to play piano and bass, and made friends with Zoro who would later become his long-time collaborator. Kravitz wanted to be a session musician. He also appeared as an actor in television commercials during this time.
  • 1974
    In 1974, the Kravitz family relocated to Los Angeles when Kravitz's mother landed her role on The Jeffersons.
    More Details Hide Details At his mother's urging, Kravitz joined the California Boys Choir for three years, where he performed a classical repertoire, and sang with the Metropolitan Opera. He took part in Mahler's Third Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl. It was in Los Angeles that Kravitz was first introduced to rock music, listening to The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, KISS, Pink Floyd, and The Who. "I was attracted to the cool style, the girls, the rock 'n' roll lifestyle," Kravitz said. Kravitz's other musical influences at the time included Fela Kuti, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis; John Lennon and Bob Marley proved later to be influential as well. Kravitz attended Beverly Hills High School. Maria McKee, actor Nicolas Cage and musician Slash were his classmates.
  • OTHER
  • 1964
    Born on May 26, 1964.
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