LEONARD ALBERT KRAVITZ (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer,
songwriter, actor and record producer. His "retro" style incorporates
elements of rock , blues , soul , R see the
Kravits surname). His
mother was of Bahamian and
Kravitz was named after his uncle,
Private First Class Leonard M.
Kravitz , who was killed in action in the
Kravitz began banging on pots and pans in the kitchen, playing them
as drums at the age of three. At the age of five, 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 John Lennon
Bob Marley proved later to be influential as well. Kravitz
Beverly Hills High School .
1989–90: VIRGIN RECORDS AND CAREER DEBUT
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
In October 1988, after completing most of the recording, Kravitz
approached friend Stephen Elvis Smith who had served as the Music
Lisa Bonet 's spin-off of
The Cosby Show , A Different
World . 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
Kravitz released his début album Let Love Rule on September 6, 1989, a combination of rock and funk with a 1960s vibe. 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 a snippet of "Another Day " has leaked, and the full version was officially released on the album Michael in 2010.
Kravitz released a Greatest Hits album in 2000. 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. 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. 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 . 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. The event featured rare RHO memorabilia and the work of Rolling Stone photographer Mark Seliger .
2001–05: LENNY AND BAPTISM
Kravitz released his sixth album Lenny in October 2001. 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
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
Jay-Z invited Kravitz to appear on the track "Guns and
Roses" on his 2002 The Blueprint²: The Gift 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
Kravitz performed at the
On February 11, 2008, Kravitz was admitted to Miami Hospital
suffering from severe bronchitis . 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 March 19, 2008 he canceled the South
American part of his tour due to the same illness. The decision
affected planned concerts in
Kravitz made his feature film acting debut in Precious which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. 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. Lenny Kravitz live.
2009–12: U2 TOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA
Kravitz's next album, tentatively titled Funk, was tentatively
re-titled Negrophilia and was due out sometime in 2010. This is
believed to be a project that Kravitz has been working on since 1997.
Some of the original tracks for
On February 20, 2011, the first single "Come on Get It" was released.
On June 6, 2011, the second single "Stand " was released. It was
announced that Kravitz would be supporting U2 on their
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. 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 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. 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.
2012–15: THE HUNGER GAMES, STRUT AND SUPER BOWL XLIX
Kravitz performing with
On September 23, 2014,
On August 4, 2015, Kravitz was performing a concert in
As a designer, Kravitz launched a furniture collection in partnership with CB2 in 2015.
2015–PRESENT: CB2 FURNITURE STAR AND UPCOMING ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM
Kravitz performing at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
In 2015 he became a furniture designer for the first time ever launching a collection of furniture products called CB2 which was launched later that same year and he has a partnership with the company CB2.
In 2016 He earned a spot on the Fox Television series Star playing the part as Roland Crane in his very first ever recurring television role. This was the first time that he became a television actor.
Kravitz is working on his upcoming eleventh studio album and it will be released sometime in 2017.
In 1985, Kravitz's parents divorced, which had a profound impact on
him. 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
Kravitz and Bonet eloped to be married on November 16, 1987, her 20th
birthday, in a
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." As late as 2011, Kravitz stated that his 2005 religious commitment to remain celibate until remarriage was unchanged.
Kravitz and Craig Ross during a concert. Main article: Lenny Kravitz discography
Let Love Rule (1989)
* Mama Said (1991)
Are You Gonna Go My Way
YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES
1998 The Rugrats Movie Newborn Baby (voice) Nominated – Kids Choice Award for Best Cameo Voice in Animated Film
2001 Zoolander Himself Cameo role
2001 Being Mick Himself Supporting role
2004 Rebelde Himself Guest Star
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Himself Cameo role
2009 Precious Nurse John Supporting role Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast Nominated— Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated— Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2012 The Hunger Games Cinna Supporting role
2012 The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games Himself Documentary
2013 The Butler James Holloway Supporting role
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Cinna Supporting role
2014 Holy Ghost Himself Guest star
2016 Zoolander No. 2 Himself Cameo role
2016 Better Things Mel Trueblood Guest Star
2016 Star Roland Crane Recurring Role
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* Let Love Rule Tour (1990) * There Is Only One Truth Tour (1991) * Universal Love Tour (1993) * Circus Tour (1995–96) * The Freedom Tour (1998–99) * Lenny Tour (2002) * The Baptism Tour (2004) * Celebration Tour (2005) * Electric Church Tour: One Night Only (2005) * Get On The Bus Mini-Tour (2008) * Love Revolution Tour (2008) * LLR 20(09) Tour (2009) * Black and White Europe Tour 2011 (2011) * Strut Europe Tour 2014 (2014) * "Strut Europe Tour 2015 " (2015)
YEAR CATEGORY RECIPIENT OUTCOME
Best Rock Song
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
1996 " Rock and Roll Is Dead " Nominated
1999 "Fly Away " Won
2000 " American Woman " Won
2001 "Again " Won
Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
2004 "If I Could Fall In Love " Nominated
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
YEAR AWARDS CATEGORY RECIPIENT OUTCOME
Best Art Direction in a Video Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Song Nominated
Top Rock Artist Himself Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards
1998 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Most Fashionable Artist, Male Award Himself Won
MTV Europe music awards
Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Artist Nominated
2001 Top Male Artist Nominated
Radio Music Awards Artist of the Year/Pop Alternative Radio Himself Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Male Artist – Rock Won
American Music Awards
MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Male Himself Nominated
2009 ECHO awards Best International Male Artist (Bester Kunstler international Rock/Pop) Nominated
NRJ Music Awards International Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble Won
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cast Won
Critics\' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
NAACP Image Awards
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
2012 DJ Awards Best Ibiza Live Performance Himself Won
NAACP Image Awards
Critics\' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Butler Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards
DJ Awards Best Ibiza Live Performance Himself Won
2014 NRJ Music Awards NRJ Award of Honor Won
2015 UK Music Video Awards Best Live Music Coverage, in association with Procam "Just Let Go" Won
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