Kendrick Lamar wins top music award
Written by Scott McGerty on 17th April 2018
US rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music.
The Pulitzer Prize is a collection of award prizes across 21 categories in journalism and the arts each year.
Kendrick picking up the music award means he is the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prize.
The songwriter, 30, was awarded the accolade for his fourth studio album, DAMN.
Lamar’s fusion of jazz, poetry and blues with social themes and love songs has made him one of the most innovative rappers of his generation.
The Pulitzer board on Monday hailed DAMN. as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
Kendrick’s win has seen support come in from celebrities and fans on social media, with the artist trending on Twitter earlier.
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“DAMN.,” Lamar’s fourth album deals with religion, love, personal struggles and racial politics.
It topped the charts in the US and powered Lamar to five wins at the Grammy Awards in New York in January.
But the album failed to win the top Grammy prize – album of the year – in what was seen as a snub by music industry voters for the rap genre despite its rising popularity.