Lenny Kravitz to receive Music Icon Award at 2024 People’s Choice Awards

Lenny Kravitz listeners might be relieved at his upcoming People's Choice Awards recognition, particularly after a recent snub for his work on the Netflix film "Rustin."
29th Annual Critics Choice Awards - Arrivals
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Lenny Kravitz is set to be honored with the Music Icon Award at the upcoming 2024 People’s Choice Awards, where he will also grace the stage to perform multiple songs. This prestigious accolade has been previously bestowed upon notable artists such as Christina Aguilera in 2021 and Shania Twain in 2022.

For some, this might make up for a few recent snub, as noted by Billboard. For those paying attention, Kravitz's pop rock musical journey encountered a mix of triumph and slight letdown with his composition "Road to Freedom." While the soul-stirring Kravitz anthem earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song – Motion Picture and a Critics Choice Awards nod for Best Song, it faced disappointment on January 23, 2024, as it was overlooked for an Oscar nomination in the same category.

That song was crafted, performed, and produced for the Netflix film Rustin, about Bayard Rustin, the openly gay black civil rights leader. Director George C. Wolfe described the figure of Rustin: "He is a role model for what it means to be an American, what it means to daily, moment-to-moment, commit to democracy, commit to freedom, commit to possibility, commit to discovery, commit to passing on that which you know to other people...Democracy is a muscle, and if you don’t exercise it regularly, it ceases to function."

More details about the upcoming Lenny Kravitz recognition

Lenny Kravitz is a Grammy-winning artist known for his consecutive wins from 1999-2002 in the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category for the hit songs "Fly Away," "American Woman," "Again," and "Dig In." Jen Neal, Executive Vice President of Live Events and Specials at NBCUniversal Entertainment, expressed excitement about honoring Kravitz, stating, "Lenny’s musical gift is truly unmatched. We’re thrilled to honor him as this year’s Music Icon and look forward to seeing what he brings to the stage."

Adding to his list of accolades, Kravitz was selected for induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023 and is gearing up for the release of his upcoming album, Blue Electric Light, scheduled for May 24 (its first single, titled "TK421," was released on October 13, 2023). How was that Walk of Fame decision reached? According to the official website: "The [Hollywood Walk of Fame] Selection Panel, made up of fellow Walk of Famers, hand-picks a group of honorees each year that represent various genres of the entertainment world..." In other words, they appear to follow the formula of "It takes one to know one."

When and where can you watch The 2024 People’s Choice Awards?

According to Billboard, The 2024 People’s Choice Awards, hosted by actor Simu Liu, are set to be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC, Peacock, and E! from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The show is produced by Den of Thieves, with Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, and Barb Bialkowski serving as executive producers.