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

  • Lady Gaga to headline 2017 Super Bowl halftime show

    Lady Gaga to headline 2017 Super Bowl halftime show

    It’s official: Lady Gaga is playing the Super Bowl. The pop star will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 51 early next year, NFL and halftime sponsor Pepsi announced on Thursday ahead of a game between the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. The reveal comes weeks after reports surfaced...

  • Niall Horan is the next member of One Direction to go solo with release of 'This Town'

    Niall Horan is the next member of One Direction to go solo with release of 'This Town'

    And the next member of One Direction to go solo is Niall Horan.  Horan surprised fans Thursday morning by releasing his debut single, “This Town,” to streaming platforms and confirming a solo deal with Capitol Records.   Produced by hit-maker Greg Kurstin, the guitar ballad is a tender, swoon-worthy...

  • Solange's surprising and intimate release of her new album 'A Seat at the Table'

    Solange's surprising and intimate release of her new album 'A Seat at the Table'

    In a time of flashy album drops and steaming music exclusives, Solange Knowles, who performs simply as Solange, opted for intimacy when it came to rolling out her highly anticipated third full-length effort, “A Seat at the Table.”  It started a week ago when the singer-songwriter quietly launched...

  • 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...

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