Kendrick Lamar makes history as first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize

18 April, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Kendrick Lamar whose album DAMN. won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music performs in London earlier this year

Kendrick Lamar and his 2017 album DAMN. just made history after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in music.

Lamar, 30, won the Pulitzer for his 20 17 record "DAMN." also was the music victor in the Pulitzers' record to come from outside this sphere of classical or jazz. It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way.

Pulitzer audio winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.

The Pulitzer Prize for Music was reserved entirely for classical artists until 1996, when, after fierce internal debate, the board announced a change to the criteria "so as to attract the best of a wider range of American music".


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Administrator Dana Canedy describes the record having "affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".

Lamar has not commented publicly about his newest honor. Canedy added that the decision was unanimous. However, Terrence Henderson, better known as Punch, who is the president of Top Dawg Entertainment, tweeted that no one "should speak less than respect in your mouth for Kendrick Lamar". This has easily propelled him as one of the leaders in hip-hop, even crossing over to multiple audiences outside of rap as well. It motivated Lamar to five wins in the Grammy Awards and topped the Billboard 200 album charts for three weeks on its release last 12 months.

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