Kendrick Lamar Wins An Historic Pulitzer Prize

PACKSHOTDamn came out in 2017

Here's a look at all the Pulitzer prizes that were awarded this year.

His weighty, dextrous raps are framed by bleeding-edge production, while the single DNA features a sample of Fox News host Geraldo Rivera criticising Lamar's performance at the 2015 BET Awards, which itself criticised police brutality towards African Americans.

Yesterday, April 16, in NY has announced the winners of the Pulitzer prize-2018, awarded for achievements in journalism and literature.

An intimate storyteller, social commentator, avant-jazz artist and a popular rapper-Kendrick Lamer has become the very first non-classical, non-jazz artist to win the 2018 Pulitzer prize for his 2017 album DAMN.

DAMN came out about a year ago and features Rihanna, U2, James Blake and saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

The awards recognize "the importance of a strong vibrant independent press", new Pulitzers administrator Dana Canedy said at a recent reception.

This cover image released by Interscope Records shows "Damn." by Kendrick Lamar.

The multi-Grammy award-winning artist is the first to win the prestigious award from a non-classical or jazz category.

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Terrence Henderson, the head of Top Dawg Entertainment, also responded to his artist's big win through Twitter, writing, "Pulitzer Prize victor Kdot from Compton".

Members of the music prize jury included Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English, comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University, David Hadju, music critic for The Nation and violinist Regina Carter.

Andrew Sean Greer's Less, the comic story of a middle-aged novelist, won the fiction prize.

The drama prize went to Martyna Majok for "Cost of Living".

The New York Times and The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for illuminating the ongoing investigation into possible contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

With the Pulitzer, the 30-year-old from the historically deprived Los Angeles community of Compton joins the leagues of celebrated American composers such as Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and John Adams.

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