Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, whose 'retro' style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all of the instruments himself when recording. Kravitz's first album, Let Love Rule, was released in 1989 and ranked No. 61 on the Billboard charts. The title track made No. 89 on Billboard's Hot 100.
While Kravitz's debut album, which exemplified his own eclectic blend of rock influences, was moderately successful, he didn't achieve widespread fame until Madonna covered his song, 'Justify My Love,' in 1990.
In 1993, Kravitz released Are you Gonna Go My Way and snagged an MTV Video Music Award for his video of the album's title track. Circus (1995) rose to No. 10 on the Billboard charts, as fans of Kravitz's past work clamored to purchase his latest album. When creating his album Five (1998), Kravitz began toying with digital technology. The experiment proved a huge success, landing him his first Grammy Award for best male rock vocal performances.
All through his musical career, his flamboyant image, model-like looks, and frequent acting roles made him a fixture in pop-music circles.