Kendrick Lamar Makes History As 1st Rapper To Win Pulitzer Prize For Music

Kendrick Lamar Announces Damn. Pop-Up Shops

Well, hot DAMNNNNNN!

After celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Kendrick Lamar‘s Grammy-winning album DAMN. over the weekend, the West Coast rapper earned a new prestigious accolade. Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN., making him the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honor.

On Monday, the Pulitzer board made the announcement, calling the 2017 LP “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

DAMN. is Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, which has reached double-platinum sales status. The record was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album, which it won and Album of the Year. Unfortunately, Lamar didn’t snag the Album of the Year award, but he totally should have won.

Check out full list of winners below.


Public Service: The New York Times, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow.

Breaking News Reporting: The Press Democrat.

Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post.

Explanatory Reporting: The Arizona Republic and USA TodayNetwork.

Local Reporting: The Cincinnati Enquirer.

National Reporting: The New York Times and the Washington Post.

International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters.

Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, freelance reporter, GQ.

Commentary: John Archibald, Alabama Media Group.

Criticism: Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine.

Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register.

Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern, freelance writer, and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, The New York Times.

Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress.

Feature Photography: Reuters.

Letters, Drama and Music

Fiction: Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok

History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis

Biography or Autobiography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser

Poetry: Half-light, by Frank Bidart

General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr.

Music: DAMN., by Kendrick Lamar

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