Lenny Kravitz Receives Music Icon Award at People's Choice, Delivers Moving Speech

Legendary musician Lenny Kravitz makes a profound statement at PCA.

by Nouman Rasool
Lenny Kravitz Receives Music Icon Award at People's Choice, Delivers Moving Speech
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Legendary musician Lenny Kravitz took center stage at the prestigious People's Choice Awards, not only as he dazzled the audience with his high-octane performance but also with encouraging words upon receiving the prestigious Music Icon Award.

And truly, at 59, the impact of Kravitz's works in the music industry is not any lesser than before, as his nomination for the 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has proved. Clad in a slick black-on-black leather ensemble, Kravitz and his band busted out a blistering medley: fan favorites "Fly Away," "TK421," "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," "Let Love Rule," "Are You Gonna Go My Way." The performance furthered the notion of his timelessness.

The award presentation saw Victoria Monét, an acclaimed artist in her own right, bestow the honor upon Kravitz. She described him as a "gentle giant spirit" and the "coolest man on the planet," bringing to mind a multifaceted career as a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist.

She painted a vivid picture with her words of an artist who transcends mere boundaries and instead represents a spirit of creativity and passion.

Kravitz: Defining Iconhood

Receiving the award, Kravitz said that he thought the word 'icon' is deep.

It to him means that one must make a difference and be remembered by really being who they are, and by daring to be unique. He remembered how he struggled at the beginning of his career because of the greatest pressure there is to engage in the safety of the industry.

But Kravitz was right when he opted for authenticity and not the search for commercial success. And this was the decision that defined his way to becoming an icon. Kravitz started his musical journey with the launch of his debut album, "Let Love Rule," in 1989, heavily inspired by his relationship with then-wife Lisa Bonet and their daughter, Zoë Kravitz.

Since then, he has released 10 albums and sold more than 40 million records, proving how he has influenced virtually every sphere that his reach and wide appeal left no stone unturned. Another of the industry's gargantuan figureheads to be lauded at this year's People's Choice Awards for lifelong work in films and in the business of making people laugh was Adam Sandler.

Presented by none other than Jennifer Aniston—his co-star in "Murjsonery2"—Sandler's achievement further underscored the evening's celebration of lasting talent and prowess within the realm of entertainment.