Mikael Wood

Writer

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. 

Recent Articles

  • Mike Posner talks about his cosmic 'joke' of a Grammy nomination

    Mike Posner talks about his cosmic 'joke' of a Grammy nomination

    Mike Posner expressed all the usual feelings Tuesday about being nominated for a Grammy Award. He was honored. He was humbled. He was gratified. But also? He was a little suspicious. “I’m beginning to think the universe is playing a joke on me,” he said. That’s because Posner was recognized for...

  • Beyonce vs. Adele at the Grammys will be a battle of style: The new versus the tried-and-true

    Beyonce vs. Adele at the Grammys will be a battle of style: The new versus the tried-and-true

    Tradition will take on innovation — accompanied by plenty of pop-diva razzle-dazzle — when two of music’s most powerful superstars face off at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. In nominations announced Tuesday, Adele and Beyoncé are competing against each other for three of the major prizes — record,...

  • Questlove is not impressed with the Grammy nominations

    Questlove is not impressed with the Grammy nominations

    2017 Grammy nominations: The nominees, reactions and how Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper made history Dec. 7, 2016, 11:45 a.m. The Grammy nominations are here and Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West with eight apiece and Chance the Rapper with...

  • The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

    The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

    2017 Grammy nominations: The nominees, reactions and how Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper made history Dec. 7, 2016, 11:45 a.m. The Grammy nominations are here and Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West with eight apiece and Chance the Rapper with...

  • The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

    The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

    In December 2012, Ellen DeGeneres had Justin Bieber on her talk show to discuss the pop star’s latest tattoo (a wise owl), what he likes to do on his days off (sneak into movies) and whether he was bummed not to have been nominated for a Grammy Award. “It’s definitely something that I was looking...

  • Get to know local Grammy-nominated trio King

    Get to know local Grammy-nominated trio King

    2017 Grammy nominations: The nominees, reactions and how Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper made history Dec. 7, 2016, 11:45 a.m. The Grammy nominations are here and Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West with eight apiece and Chance the Rapper with...

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