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Lenny Kravitz
 
Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz was born in New York City on May 26, 1964, to the family of Roxie Roker, an Afrio-Bahamian American actress known from the 1970s hit television sitcom The Jeffersons, and Sy Kravitz, a prominent NBC television news producer. His father was from a Russian Jewish family, which immigrated to the United states, to New York, in the beginning of the XX century from Ukraine, then - part of the Russian empire. 
 
Lenny was named after his uncle Leonard, who died heroically in a battle during the Korean War and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military award in the United States.
 
Lenny Kravitz began playing instrument at the age of three; at that time these instruments were simple glass jars. At 5 he started playing real drums, and later added strings to the list. Soon he became a true multi-instrumentalist, which helped him greatly during the first years of his music career.
 
Being used to rely only in himself, Kravitz, when told by record executives that his music "wasn't black or white enough", decided to record an album on his own! He employed the services of recording engineer/keyboardist/bassist Henry Hirsch, who shared his views on music and used to work with him before, and indeed recorded his début album Let Love Rule in 1989.
 
In several years he was releasing an album after album and, thanks to his unique style, became the most sought-after collaborating musician, invited by such megastars as Madonna, Jay-Z, P. Diddy, U2, Kiss and Aerosmith!
 
Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, setting a new record. His trophy shelf also contains American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, BRIT Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. 
 
On December 1, 2011, he was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French cultural minister Frederic Mitterrand during a ceremony in Paris.
 
The musician also has a career in movies, appearing in a dozen of films, including the award-winning Precious (2009).
 
Kravitz was married to actress Lisa Bonet From 1987 to 1993; she gave him his only child, daughter Zoe Kravitz. 
 
Zoe would become an actress and performer of note, recording her music and appearing in more than ten movies, including several episodes of the the X-Men franchise. 
 
In 2001, Kravitz began dating the famous lingerie model Adriana Lima; the couple even got engaged, but the very next year the engagement was called off.
 
Sources:
Heath, Chris (June 16, 2009). "Lenny Kravitz interview". The Telegraph
Matt Hendrickson (August 2011). "Q&A: Lenny Kravitz". DETAILS.COM

 


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