Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize, a first for hip-hop

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize, a first for hip-hop

Kendrick Lamar has carried on his 6-year winning streak after bagging the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Lamar beat out classical music composers Michael Gilbertson and Ted Hearne to win the $15 000 prize and certificate for his acclaimed 2017 album, DAMN. which recently turned a year old.

The Pulitzer Prize is handed out each year in the US for achievements in journalism, literature as well as music and poetry, and Kendrick is the first rapper to be awarded the prize in 101 years of its existence.

“[Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.] is a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life,” Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy said of the album.

So far, Kendrick Lamar has been awarded at least eleven awards for this body of work, including five Grammies, a BET Award as well as an NAACP Award.

The Pulitzer win comes just after Lamar scored his fourth straight number one album with the Black Panther Soundtrack which he curated and co-executive produced.

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