Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Kendrick Lamar Wins An Historic Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar Wins An Historic Pulitzer Prize

He first started making music and performing as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot before gradually gaining traction, making him one of the most groundbreaking artists in the industry today. In 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz act to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

In a historic win, Kendrick Lamar on Monday was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN. It's a good look for Kendrick, who makes history as the first hip-hop artist to take home the prize.

DAMN., too, got ditched at the altar by Grammys voters, whose support for Bruno Mars in Album of the Year voting prompted some critics to again cry "snub" or see a straightforward dance-pop act as a safe pick compared to the more overtly political landscapes Lamar walks.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is no stranger to winning awards.

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Lamar also recently presided over another ambitious, if commercially and artistically motivated, artistic vehicle with Black Panther: The Album.

Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer over co-finalists Michael Gilbertson and his string Quartet and Ted Hearne's cantata Sound from the Bench. "This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers".

Public service award winners receive a gold medal, and the other awards carry a prize of $15,000 each. Since emerging on the music scene with the 2011 album Section.

The Press Democrat of Sonoma County, California, received the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for the paper's coverage of wildfires in the state last fall. "Their work is real news of the highest order".

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The New York Times and The Washington Post shared the national reporting prize for their coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and how accusations of election meddling affected the beginning of the Trump presidency.

In the literature category, Andrew Sean Greer won for his novel Less, a comic rumination on the anxieties and foibles of its protagonist, a mediocre novelist about to turn 50.

The Pulitzer board said the album was a "virtuosic song collection" that captured "the modern African American life". The Pulitzer committee described it as "a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love".

American journalism's most prestigious awards were announced Monday at Columbia University.

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