Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for 'DAMN'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 16, 2018

It's a huge win for Lamar: his album is the first ever non-classical or jazz release to be honoured in this way.

The board announced the news today (April 16) that the Top Dawg Entertainment LP achieved the honor in "Music Composition".

In awarding the prestigious prize, the Pulitzer committee cited the album as "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life". The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy awards won by Lamar in January for the album.

His piercing raps helped him become the voice of the generation, and easily ascend as the leader in hip-hop and cross over to audiences outside of rap, from rock to pop to jazz.

You can see all the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners in Journalism, Letters, Drama, Music, and more here.

The Times and the Washington Post shared the Pulitzer for national reporting for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, received the breaking news reporting award for coverage of the wildfires that swept through California wine country last fall, killing 44 people and destroying thousands of homes.

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