Mikael Wood

Mikael Wood writes about pop music in all its ever-quickening splendor. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2012, he was a freelance contributor to Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Spin and the Village Voice. He grew up in Little Rock, Ark., graduated from Northwestern University and knows every word to “Mo Money Mo Problems.” He was named pop music critic in 2016.
Review: Drake keeps making up with his enemies. His latest? Chris Brown

In a surprise show of reconciliation, the superstar rapper welcomed the pugnacious R&B singer onstage Friday night at Staples Center.

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The American Music Awards plays like an exercise in not trying very hard

The newly-politicized Taylor Swift opened the 2018 American Music Awards, and the ABC telecast featured an extensive tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, but the most unimportant of award shows failed to capture a moment.