Kendrick Lamar has just made history as be has become the first hip hop artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his most recent album DAMN. And he is officially the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.
On the Pulitzer Prizes official website, Lamar's album was described 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."
No doubt, Lamar's album has made an impact on society, as did his previous albums good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp a Butterfly. All of Kendrick's music addresses a number of topics including police brutality, self-worth, and more, and his unmatched lyrical content has helped crown him one of the most influential voices of today's generation in music.
DAMN. is Kendrick's fourth full-length studio album, and features 14 songs, including hits like "Humble" and "DNA," as well as "Loyalty" featuring Rihanna, "Love' featuring Zacari, and his U2 collab "XXX." The record went double platinum in the US and topped the charts, as well as earned Lamar a multitude of Grammy Awards. DAMN. won Best Rap Album, while its single "Humble" took home awards for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video. Meanwhile, "Loyalty" earned Kendrick a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance.
So while Kendrick may not have won the Grammy for Album of the Year ... he did win a Pulitzer Prize!
This year's Pulitzer Prize winners were revealed at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York by Administrator Dana Canedy.
Kendrick has yet to comment on his incredible, history-making Pulitzer Prize win, but many of his friends in the music industry have taken to social media to congratulate the rapper, as well as many of his fans. Congratulations to Kendrick! Check out some fan reactions below.
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