Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer prize

Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer prize

The New York Times and the New Yorker were also among the 2018 Pulitzer prize winners. The rapper has so far not won the most prestigious award in music, the Grammy for "Album of the Year" which he lost to Bruno Mars this year. This historic win for Lamar's third album Damn was met with shock and awe from both fans and Kendrick himself.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has made history by becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

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According to AP, the Pulitzer board called the record "a work that captures the complexity of African-American life".

His album Damn, released in April 2017, has been praised for bridging hip hop with high art.

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The Pulitzer Prize for Music has been populated with jazz and classical musicians since its iteration in 1943. This has easily propelled him as one of the leaders in hip-hop, even crossing over to multiple audiences outside of rap as well. Some of his songs, such as "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry", have become anthems at a time when Americans are discussing race relations and police violence against minorities. He brought of dose of seriousness to the 2015 BET Awards, rapping on top of a police vehicle with a large American flag waving behind him. Canedy confessed that the Pulitzer Prize jury didn't first consider any hip-hop albums, but instead, were considering a musical composition that was influenced by hip-hop. Each loss has been criticized by the music community, launching the conversation about how the Recording Academy might be out of touch. DAMN. was a smashing success past year, winning multiple Grammy awards and propelling Lamar even further into the musical stratosphere. Among them was rapper Kendrick Lamar.

In an interview with Billboard, Dana Canedy, the Pulitzer Prize Administrator, explained that to determine a victor, the jury has to make a recommendation, which will be considered by the board.

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