For the first time ever, a rap artist is taking home the most prestigious prize in journalism. Multiple Grammy award winner, Kendrick Lamar, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for his album “DAMN”.
This award is typically given to articles in papers like the New York Times, or classical and jazz works; but, Lamar was given praise from fans by his politically charged performance at the Grammy’s in January and made history by receiving this award.
The prize listing describes Lamar’s record, which documents the complexities of growing up in his hometown of Compton, 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.”
“DAMN” picked up best rap album at the Grammy award show. His song “Humble” also picked up best rap performance, best rap song and best music video. The New York Times and The New Yorker were also awarded prizes for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein that put the #MeToo movement in the national spotlight.
The 2017 Pulitzer Prize for music went to “Angel’s Bone,” an opera by composer Du Yun.
“DAMN” is Lamar’s fourth studio album and was released in April 2017.