Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer Prize

"DAMN." is the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award, according to the associated press.

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

The Pulitzer board called the album DAMN a work that captures the complexity of African-American life. The ties fueled Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into alleged Russian attempts to influence the presidential election.

Since the Times and New Yorker articles last October, more than 100 women have publicly accused the producer of misconduct ranging from sexual harassment to rape, sparking the #MeToo movement that has gone global.

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.

Also among the winners of the 2018 prizes was coverage by The New York Times and The New Yorker of sexual harassment claims against director Harvey Weinstein that led to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. He has apologized for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past" but denied any non-consensual sexual contact.

The stories' impact soon spread beyond Weinstein to allegations against other prominent men.

The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising United States journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music. It was the first time USA TODAY was recognized as a Pulitzer finalist in the investigative reporting category. It was the 102nd year of the prizes; newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who died in 1911, left money for the establishment of Columbia University School of Journalism and prizes in journalism, literature and the arts.

Freelance writer Jake Halpern and freelance cartoonist Michael Sloan were awarded the editorial cartooning prize for a graphic narrative in The New York Times about a family of refugees fearing deportation. That year, two daughters of abolitionist Julia Ward Howe won for a biography of their mother - at a time when women couldn't vote and the literary world was dominated by men.