Kravitz Calls Walk of Fame Star 'Surreal' in Exclusive Chat

Rock icon Lenny Kravitz receives prestigious Hollywood accolade.

by Zain ul Abedin
Kravitz Calls Walk of Fame Star 'Surreal' in Exclusive Chat
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Lenny Kravitz, the multifaceted singer and actor, recently celebrated a milestone in his illustrious career by being honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. At 59, Kravitz, accompanied by family, friends, and notable figures, reflected on this landmark achievement during a heartfelt ceremony held this Tuesday.

Among the distinguished guests were Kravitz's daughter, Zoë Kravitz, and celebrated actor Denzel Washington, both of whom delivered moving speeches, highlighting the significance of Kravitz's contribution to the music and entertainment industry.

The "Fly Away" hitmaker expressed his deep appreciation for the recognition, telling PEOPLE in an exclusive interview, "It's an incredible honor to be on this street, alongside so many great talents who have made significant impacts with their lives." Kravitz reminisced about his humble beginnings, wandering the very streets where his star now lies, pondering over basic necessities rather than accolades.

"To have it now just feels so surreal, and I'm really grateful," he shared, emphasizing the surreal nature of his journey from uncertainty to celebrated stardom.

Kravitz: Defiance & Legacy

The ceremony was a star-studded affair, with personalities like Marla Gibbs, Channing Tatum, and Verdine White showing their support.

Kravitz highlighted the importance of sharing this moment with his loved ones, stating, "The star is a beautiful thing, but it wouldn't be the same without the people to share it with." As Kravitz prepares to release his 12th studio album, "Electric Blue Light," on May 24, he remains reflective yet forward-looking.

The release of the album's lead single "TK421" has already garnered attention, showcasing Kravitz's enduring relevance in the music scene. Kravitz's journey has been marked by defiance against industry norms, particularly regarding the racial expectations placed upon his music.

He recounted to PEOPLE how labels pressured him to conform to specific racial musical identities, a notion he steadfastly refused, choosing instead to forge his unique path. This recognition on the Hollywood Walk of Fame not only celebrates Kravitz's artistic achievements but also his integrity and resilience in staying true to his artistic vision.

As he looks to the future, Kravitz remains "fresh and hungry," embracing the destiny that he believes was divinely ordained for him. In addition to his latest personal triumph, Kravitz is a nominee for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an acknowledgment of his enduring influence and contribution to the music world.

He stands among other luminaries such as Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and Cher, further cementing his legacy as a pivotal figure in the landscape of rock and roll.