KID ROCK FACTS:
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Hip Hop, Country
Hometown: Romeo, Michigan
Albums: Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast (1990); The Polyfuze Method (1993); Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp (1996); Devil Without a Cause (1998); The History of Rock (2000); Cocky (2001); Kid Rock (2003); Live Trucker (2006); Rock n Roll Jesus (2007); Born Free (2010)
Awards: 5 Grammy Nominations; 3 Billboard Music Awards;
Hits: "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why," "Picture," "All Summer Long,"
Other: Inducted Aerosmith, Bob Seger, and Lynyrd Skynyrd into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Few performers have run the gamut quite like Kid Rock. The Detroit-born performer has made a seamless transition from rap-infused hard rocker to patriotic country singer in the matter several years. Despite his change in genre, he remains among the most popular acts in the music industry today.
Kid Rock, real name Robert James Ritchie, got his start in the late 1980s as the member of an up-and-coming hip hop group. However, he soon wanted to forge his own path and began a solo career in the early '90s. His debut album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, was released in November 1990 and was met with little fanfare from critics and fans. It gained infamy when a radio station in upstate New York incurred a fine for playing an uncensored version of one of the record's tracks.
Despite the buzz surrounding the fine, the following years were relatively unsuccessful for Kid Rock. It was not until the release of his 1998 album Devil Without a Cause that he enjoyed mainstream success. Although the record's first and second singles failed to find any considerable success, its third release, "Bawitdaba," was a hit among a wide scope of fans. The song gained airplay on modern rock radio, and its video was a mainstay on MTV on the early days of Total Request Live. Thanks to several other hits, including "Cowboy" and "Only God Knows Why," the album was certified 11 times platinum, and was among the best selling albums of 1999.
Throughout the next decade, Kid Rock became one of the most visible stars in the music world. His follow up to Devil Without a Cause, 2000's The History of Rock, featured a number of singles from before he hit it big. It peaked at number two on the U.S. album charts, thanks in part to the new track "American Bad Ass."
Over the next several years, Kid Rock began to make the transition from rapper to country singer as evidenced by "Picture," his collaboration with Sheryl Crow, in "Picture" and in the and his 2007 album Rock n Roll Jesus. The record is considered to be his most popular, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, thanks to the single "All Summer Long."
Since then, Kid Rock has continued to be among the best selling artists, and his most recent album, 2010s Born Free, debuted at number five on the charts. With a wide scope of fans spanning genre and age, Kid Rock has managed to survive the ups and downs of his career to remain a powerful force in the music industry.