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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

  • How the Weeknd got his revenge and became one of the biggest pop stars

    How the Weeknd got his revenge and became one of the biggest pop stars

    "There’s a lot of weird ... in here,” Abel Tesfaye says about his new home, a high-rise condo in Westwood he just moved into a few days prior. Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, is pointing toward an intricate and ancient-looking drawing of a man and woman midcoitus hanging near his bathroom....

  • Grammys 2016

    Grammys 2016

    "There's a lot of weird ... in here," Abel Tesfaye says about his new home, a high-rise condo in Westwood he just moved into a few days prior. Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, is pointing toward an intricate and ancient-looking drawing of a man and woman midcoitus hanging near his bathroom....

  • Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    No one holds on to a secret like Beyoncé does. After a weekend that included her eagerly awaited return to the Super Bowl stage and the surprise release of a new single called “Formation,” the pop diva has announced she will hit the road this spring in a commercial that dropped right after her...

  • Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

    Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

    Rihanna is the latest performer booked to appear at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced on Friday. The pop star joins a lineup that includes Adele, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd, as well as all-star Grammy tributes to departed artists who include B.B. King and David Bowie. See more of...

  • Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Think about the first time you heard Janet Jackson’s “Control.” Were you on the dance floor of a dimly lighted nightclub? A high school dance? The record store? Listening to the radio? However you heard it, your body more than likely moved to the pulse of its frenetic, intricate beat. And then...

  • Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to an Associated Press report Tuesday afternoon. Gaga will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, where the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will vie for the championship title. See...

  • Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    The Las Vegas Strip isn’t just for sparkly pop divas, electronic dance music kings and beloved icons from generations past. Adding to the growing list of hip-hop acts making the pilgrimage to Sin City, Big Boi has announced a yearlong residency at the Wynn Las Vegas. The co-founder of pioneering...

  • Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga. The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning. Gaga was already set for a performance on the Feb....

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