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Lenny Kravitz (live) - American Woman Bospop Weert NL 07-07-2012

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Published on Jul 10, 2012

Lenny Kravitz performed live on the main stage of the Bospop Festival at Weert, The Netherlands on saturday, july 07, 2012. He was the headliner on the first (of 2) festivalday(s).

Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos. He won the Grammy Award for "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category and most consecutive wins in one category for a male. He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, BRIT Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

The song is "American Woman", originally a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who, released in 1970. Lenny Kravitz covered "American Woman" in 1999 for the soundtrack of ''Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me". Kravitz did a slower and softer version, without the signature guitar solo; he later said to Randy Bachman that the reason why he skipped the guitar part was "I couldn't get the sound. I couldn't get the tone."It was later included in the 1999 re-issue of his 5 album. The music video featured actress Heather Graham (who starred in The Spy Who Shagged Me); the original political themes of the song were largely replaced by sex appeal. It wun 'best male rock performance' at the Grammies of 2000.

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