Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Kendrick Lamar Wins The 2018 Pulitzer For Music

Kendrick Lamar Wins The 2018 Pulitzer For Music

While the Pulitzer's usual laudatory blurb explaining the reasoning behind the award was not available at press time, there's little doubt about the impact Lamar has had on hip-hop, music and culture since he broke into the mainstream with his 2012 album "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City".

The New Yorker's staff writer Jelani Cobb was also honoured as a finalist for commentary for his columns sounding the alarm on devastating attacks on civil rights during the first year of the Trump Administration.

The rapper is the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the esteemed award.

Presidential politics figured in the prizes for explanatory reporting, given to The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network.

The Washington Post won the Pulitzer in the investigative category for relentless reporting seen as having influenced the outcome of the 2017 Senate race in Alabama, revealing Republican candidate Roy Moore's alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls. The Pulitzer jury's recognition of DAMN. represents a turning point for the prize, similar to when Wynton Marsalis became the first artist to win for a jazz composition, with 1997's Blood on the Fields.

For explosive reporting that brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and spawned a cultural watershed #MeToo on the issue of sexual harassment. American journalism's most prestigious awards were announced on Monday at Columbia University.

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In April a year ago the Pulitzer prize was awarded to a team of American newspaper New York Times.

11-time Grammy victor Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize. Apart from the almost ideal album, Lamar also delivered some memorable performances, which could have helped him to be nominated for the prize.

Pulitzer Prize victor Kdot from Compton.

The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life. Jack E. Davis' The Gulf" won for history, while the general nonfiction prize went to James Forman Jr's "Locking Up Our Own: "Crime and Punishment in Black America".

It's been a year and two days since Kendrick Lamar released his fourth album, Damn and the rapper is still making history with this project.

The Compton-born 30-year old's songs about his black identity, street life, police brutality, domestic violence, personal empowerment, survival and self-worth - with soundtrack of hip hop, African, jazz, soul and spoken word - have made him an important and highly revered voice of minorities.

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