Published: Tue, April 17, 2018

Kendrick Lamar Makes History Winning Pulitzer Prize For 'DAMN.'

Kendrick Lamar Makes History Winning Pulitzer Prize For 'DAMN.'

The 30-year-old won the prize for his Grammy-winning album DAMN. and will pocket £10,000.

The first journalism prizes were awarded in 1917, including one to the New York Tribune for an editorial on the first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. But in recent decades some jazz artists have won, with Wynton Marsalis being awarded for his Blood On The Fields classical oratorio in 1997. It also marks the first time in its 75-year history that a non-classical, non-jazz album has won the award.

You can see all of the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2018 here.

Last August, Lamar spoke to Rolling Stone about his creative mindset behind DAMN.

It topped the Billboard 200 album charts for three weeks on its release previous year and powered Lamar to five wins at the Grammy Awards in NY in January. Earlier this year, the album's tracks "HUMBLE." and "LOYALTY." took home GRAMMY awards, and only two years prior, his record To Pimp a Butterfly nabbed best rap album, as well.

The Pulitzers, particularly the music category, have long focused on more traditional forms of artistic expression.

But now Lamar's opus puts a flag in soil no other pop artist, from hip-hop or any other corner of the radio charts, can claim to have touched.

The victor receives a $15,000 prize.


"For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation's understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 election and its connections to the Trump campaign". Authorities say that 20-year-old James Alex Fields drove his speeding vehicle into a group of counterprotesters.

The group's board called Lamar's album a "virtuosic song collection" and said it captures "the modern African American life".

- Breaking news reporting: The Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif., for coverage of wildfires that hit the city and Sonoma County.

Presidential politics figured in the prizes for explanatory reporting, given to The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network.

In fiction, the award was given to "Less", by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company).

Kendrick Lamar has always had a thing for titles - why else, on repeated occasions, would he crown himself King?

The awards, which honor newspapers, magazines, online journalism, literature and music, were announced by Columbia University's journalism school.

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