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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Zoe Kravitz: I Experienced A 'Big Shift' In Embracing My Blackness
Huffington Post - 9 months
Zoe Kravitz appears calm, cool and super cute on the June cover of Allure magazine ― but it’s the cover story itself that is most refreshing.  In the issue, the actress shares her thoughts on current events, like what it was like working on the HBO show “Big Little Lies,” her recent switch to platinum blond hair and, arguably most pressing, her thoughts on America’s racial and political climate.  “Racism is very real and white supremacism is going strong,” Kravitz said in the cover story. She went on to speak to her own experiences being raised by mixed-race superstar parents, actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz, as well as her relationship with her blackness. .@ZoeKravitz is our June cover star!! Read her full interview here: https://t.co/6jhaHx2bzr pic.twitter.com/UHMCp0Ii3k — Allure (@Allure_magazine) May 15, 2017 “I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides,” she said. “The older I get, the more I experi...
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The High End: Lenny Kravitz, Interior Designer
NYTimes - 12 months
The musician has designed wallpaper and furniture, but this 38-unit condo is his first residential building in New York City.
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Turns Out Nicole Kidman And Lenny Kravitz Were Once Engaged?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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The Grammy Awards 20 Years Ago Were So Typically '90s
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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World Cafe Next: Gabriel Garzón-Montano
NPR - about 1 year
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'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 ...
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Sorry Internet, But Men Have Been Wearing Chokers For Decades
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 t...
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Music Festivals: Summer Sounds of Ascona
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 bac...
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Hollywood Pays Tribute to Legendary Artist Prince
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
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
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 forget...
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David Bowie's Death Leads to 100 Million Facebook Interactions in First 12 Hours
Yahoo News - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 ca...
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Can Miley Cyrus Educate Millennials About the Fight Against AIDS?
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    As a designer, Kravitz launched a furniture collection in partnership with CB2 in 2015.
    On August 4, 2015, Kravitz was performing a concert in Stockholm.
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    On February 1, 2015, Kravitz performed alongside Katy Perry at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
  • 2014
    On September 23, 2014, Lenny Kravitz released his tenth studio album Strut on his own Roxie Records via Kobalt Label Services.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 2011
    As late as 2011, Kravitz stated that his 2005 religious commitment to remain celibate until remarriage was unchanged.
    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.
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    On December 1, 2011, Kravitz was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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  • 2010
    In June 2010 it was announced that Kravitz would guest star on an episode of the upcoming season of Entourage.
    It was announced that Kravitz would be supporting U2 on their 360 Tour on the second North American leg in 2010.
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    Kravitz's next album, tentatively titled Funk, was tentatively re-titled Negrophilia and was due out sometime in 2010.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Kravitz made his feature film acting debut in Precious which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.
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  • 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.
    On March 19, 2008 he canceled the South American part of his tour due to the same illness.
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    On February 11, 2008, Kravitz was admitted to Miami Hospital suffering from severe bronchitis.
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    On January 17, 2008, Kravitz embarked on a 9 city mini-tour to promote his new album It Is Time for a Love Revolution.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    In January 2006, Kravitz contributed "Breathe" to absoluttracks, a project sponsored by Absolut Vodka.
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  • 2005
    The night before that tour started, October 29, 2005, Lenny's father, TV producer Seymour "Sy" Kravitz, died.
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    Kravitz served as the opening act for Aerosmith who are long term friends of Kravitz on their fall 2005 tour.
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    From March 2005, Kravitz toured all over the world with the tour Electric Church, which ended at the Brixton Academy, London in July 2005.
  • 2004
    Also in 2004, he appeared on N.E.R.D's album Fly or Die.
    Kravitz's seventh album Baptism was released in May 2004.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 2002
    In September 2002, Kravitz appeared alongside other rock stars in the episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" of The Simpsons.
    Jay-Z invited Kravitz to appear on the track "Guns and Roses" on his 2002 The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
    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.
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    Kravitz released his sixth album Lenny in October 2001.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
  • 2000
    Kravitz released a Greatest Hits album in 2000.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    In 1999 he produced and sang with Cree Summer on her solo album Street Faërie.
    He would win the first of his four consecutive Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1999.
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    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.
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  • 1997
    He then dated French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis until 1997.
  • 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.
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    Roxie Roker, Kravitz's mother, died in California on December 2, 1995, of breast cancer at the age of 66.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Kravitz recorded a funk-rock version of the song "Deuce" for the KISS cover album KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved.
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    A feature documentary about his 1994 tour entitled Alive from Planet Earth was directed by Doug Nichol and released.
  • 1993
    Kravitz and Bonet divorced amicably in 1993.
    In 1993, he also released the EP Spinning Around Over You, which included four live tracks from his "Universal Love Tour".
    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.
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    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.
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    Kravitz and Bonet divorced in 1993.
  • 1991
    In 1991, Kravitz produced the self-titled album Vanessa Paradis for French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis.
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    Kravitz separated from Lisa Bonet in 1991, amid rumors of an affair between him and Madonna.
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  • 1990
    In 1990, Kravitz produced the song "Justify My Love" for Madonna, which he co-wrote with Ingrid Chavez.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Kravitz released his début album Let Love Rule on September 6, 1989, a combination of rock and funk with a 1960s vibe.
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  • 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.
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  • 1987
    Kravitz and Bonet eloped to be married on November 16, 1987, her 20th birthday, in a Las Vegas ceremony.
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  • 1985
    In 1985, Kravitz's parents divorced, which had a profound impact on him.
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    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    In 1978, Kravitz was accepted into the school's well-respected music program.
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  • 1974
    In 1974, the Kravitz family relocated to Los Angeles when Kravitz's mother landed her role on The Jeffersons.
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  • OTHER
  • 1964
    Born on May 26, 1964.
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