Los Angeles Times

Gerrick D. Kennedy

Writer

Gerrick D. Kennedy is a music writer for the Los Angeles Times covering pop, R&B/soul and hip-hop. An Ohio native, he came to The Times as an intern in 2009. On the pop music team, he’s found his favorite stories while smoking cigars with Nas, being trapped on a Kid Rock-themed music cruise, rediscovering boy bands and perfecting the craft of the snarky tweet.  In 2012, Kennedy was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Assn. of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles

  • R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59

    R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59

    When Kashif Saleem was sent the demo for a tender ballad called “You Give Good Love,” he felt it was a hit. The track had originally been destined for jazzy R&B singer Roberta Flack, whose assistant rebuffed the demo writer.  But Saleem had a different singer in mind. He had seen a young artist...

  • Backstreet Boys to test Las Vegas residency in 2017

    Backstreet Boys to test Las Vegas residency in 2017

    The Vegas Strip is about to get even more larger than life: The Backstreet Boys are set to call the city home.  More than 20 years after declaring they’ve "got it goin' on," the boy band that managed to graduate from teenage dreams to full-fledged adults without losing their shimmer will head to...

  • So who is she? Mysterious R&B singer H.E.R. wants the focus to stay on the music — and the mystery

    So who is she? Mysterious R&B singer H.E.R. wants the focus to stay on the music — and the mystery

    When RCA Records sent out an early stream of a new album to select music press a month ago, it came with a caveat: The identity of the artist would be kept secret.  No publicity stills or bio were offered with the seven-track project from a new R&B singer who only goes by the moniker H.E.R. “I...

  • BET Experience 2017 is set for June 22-25 at L.A. Live

    BET Experience 2017 is set for June 22-25 at L.A. Live

    BET and Anschutz Entertainment Group have announced the dates for the 2017 edition of the BET Experience.  The immersive festival, which celebrates black music and culture, is built around the network’s annual award show. Next year, the event will be held June 22-25 at multiple venues at downtown’s...

  • Why Britney Spears and her team opted for tradition with the release of 'Glory'

    Why Britney Spears and her team opted for tradition with the release of 'Glory'

    At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, there was one pop star with more at stake than any other that night: Britney Spears.  Her last appearance — in 2007 — was a disaster, with the singer famously stumbling through her performance. Not so this year, when Spears — long since removed from the time...

  • Kamaiyah delivers on rap buzz on FYF's opening day

    Kamaiyah delivers on rap buzz on FYF's opening day

    Kamaiyah was among the early standouts of day one of FYF Fest on Saturday.  The rising Oakland rapper, during a tight, bounce-heavy 30-minute set, controlled FYF’s so-called “club” stage.  Flanked by towering banana plants, hanging foliage and disco balls (the decor offered an appropriately beachy...

  • 'Anything can happen’ at MTV VMAs, but Britney Spears’ return marks its nostalgic bent

    'Anything can happen’ at MTV VMAs, but Britney Spears’ return marks its nostalgic bent

    For an idea of the buzz-worthy moments that might play out onstage during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, look to past years of the network’s annual pop spectacle. Heading into the weekend, the most talked-about moment was the return of Britney Spears to the VMA stage, her first performance on...

  • Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Six months after his death, Prince’s Paisley Park compound will welcome tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the reclusive musician’s private estate and production complex.  The family of the late music legend and Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as the special administrator of the singer’s estate,...

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