Kendrick Lamar makes history, wins Pulitzer Prize for rap

Kendrick Lamar makes history, wins Pulitzer Prize for rap

American rapper, Kendrick Lamar, won the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday for his album "DAMN", organisers announced.

Kendrick Lamar and the journalists who reported on the sexual harassment scandal ensnaring Hollywood are among the winners from the 2018 Pulitzer prizes.

It also won five Grammy Awards in January this year including the best rap album.

"Lamar has been at the top of his game for years and his own industry has refused to award him", Ira Madison of The Daily Beast writes, "so it was certainly a shock that the Pulitzer board would". "This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers".

The New York Times received an award for Public Service, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey.

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After the announcements were made, Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, told Coscarelli that the "time was right" for Lamar's historic win. In an interview with BBC, the head researcher, Matthias Mauch, said, referring to the homogeneity of arena rock in the late eighties, "I think that hip-hop saved the charts". The following year, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz artist to win a Pulitzer, for Blood in the Fields, his three-hour oratorio about slavery.

The Pulitzer Prize was founded in 1917, but it wasn't until 1943 a music category was introduced.

Released in April 2017, it is Lamar's fourth studio album.

The awards took place at a ceremony at Columbia University in NY yesterday. Critics have praised Kendrick Lamar for his depth of lyrics and remarkable content themes that he choose for his album.

Lamar has yet to comment publicly on the win, but his label tweeted "Pulitzer Prize victor Kdot from Compton".

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