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France Honors Lenny Kravitz With Award

07:01 AM Thursday 12/1/11 | |

France has paid tribute to Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz with an award from the Order of Arts and Letters.

Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand hailed the 47-year-old singer-songwriter at a Paris ceremony on Wednesday, telling him “you freed yourself of the barriers between black and white sound.”

  • Lenny Kravitz

    Rock In Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    September 30, 2011

    (AP Photo)

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Kravitz told The Associated Press that he got his first big break at a 1989 music festival in the western French city of Rennes that transformed his career “overnight.”He said “I know it sounds like a fairy tale but it’s true.”

Kravitz was born to a black mother and white father, and his latest album, Black and White America, tackles interracial issues – notably what his parents experienced in 1960s New York.


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