Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album DAMN., becoming the first non-jazz or classical musician to score the prize.
The Pulitzer Prize described DAMN. 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.”
As you’re almost certainly aware by now, DAMN. was critically lauded upon its release for not only being a tremendous musical progression from his previous works, but also a stunning collection of lyrics covering a unique perspective on the black experience in America and its intersection with fame.
Though the album won Rap Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, it missed out on Album of the Year, which many saw as a mistake. Well, it doesn’t matter now, folks! He’s got a Pulitzer!
The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievement in journalism, literature, and music composition. Other winners this year included The New York Times, The Washington Post and New York Magazine.