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Kendrick Lamar Makes History, Wins Pulitzer Prize For 'DAMN.'

Kendrick Lamar Makes History, Wins Pulitzer Prize For 'DAMN.'

"But, thankfully for fans, Lamar's fourth studio album.is worth the time it takes to unpack".

The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising United States journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music. Kendrick Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer for Damn, his Grammy winning album.

DAMN features artists like Rihanna and U2 and explores some of the themes of his highly-acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly - which features the track Alright, a song that became a war cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

This year's music jurors were violinist Regina Carter; Paul Cremo, a director at The Metropolitan Opera; Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English, comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University; David Hadju, music critic for The Nation; and David Lang, a composer.

The New York Times and New Yorker were jointly awarded the Pulitzer prize for public service on Monday for investigating accusations of sexual harassment and assault made against one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein.

Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN" was hailed by the Pulitzer board for is capturing African-American life in all its complexity.




The Pulitzer board has awarded special honors to Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a popular figure like Lamar has never won the prize for music. Jack E. Davis' The Gulf" won for history, while the general nonfiction prize went to James Forman Jr's "Locking Up Our Own: "Crime and Punishment in Black America".

The prize was first awarded in the 1940s but it took until 1997 for a jazz victor to come along - Wynton Marsalis for his orotorio Blood on the Fields. The Pulitzer committee described it as "a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love".

12 x Grammy victor Lamar is the most commercially successful of the prize winners to date.

The global reporting prize went to Reuters for its coverage of the Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, which has seen thousands killed.

The Poetry prize was scooped by Frank Bidart's Half-Light, while Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser was triumphant for Biography.

Frank Bidart's "Half-Light" was the poetry victor.