First rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music emerges

First rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music emerges

First rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music emerges

As a victor for the Music category, K-Dot walks away with a certificate and $15,000, champ change for the artist who is worth over $18M. She joined a select three playwrights to have won the honor, including Craig Lucas, John Guare and Nilo Cruz. The Pulitzer board rarely awards mainstream music, past year giving the prize to the experimental opera composer Du Yun.

Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy wasn't sure why it's taken so long for a commercial record to win the honour.

A symbol for one of the greatest achievements in excellence for journalism, letters, music and drama is the Pulitzer Prize.

"DAMN" is Lamar's fourth studio album and was released in April 2017.

California rapper Kendrick Lamar was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, it was announced Monday. But much of "DAMN." is more personal and introspective, with the track "HUMBLE." exploring the pitfalls of fame and Lamar also introducing a martial-arts alter ego, Kung Fu Kenny.

It's a big news for rap music.

Other Pulitzer winners included Reuters, which won the 2018 prize in global reporting for coverage of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. The 30-year-old rapper won the Pulitzer for his revolutionary album, DAMN. We are very proud of this selection.

Sugarland Flash Back to Serendipitous First-Ever ACM Awards Performance
After a more than a decade spent with Sony Music Nashville, Underwood switched to Universal Music Group previous year . Lambert won the first award of the night, taking home the song of the year trophy for her son "Tin Man".

Lamar has won critical acclaim for his deep lyrical content, politically charged live performances, and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds. Though his work is often serious - and searing - Lamar, a dense and bruising lyricist, has managed to become a pop-cultural juggernaut as well, performing during halftime of this year's college football national championship and overseeing the soundtrack for Black Panther.

In 2014, in 2016, and again this year, Lamar was nominated for an album of the year Grammy.

Lamar defeated fellow nominees Michael Gilbertson and Ted Hearne.

The album was picked for the Award because of the subject and the musical work.

Lamar is from the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, the home of hip-hop pioneers NWA.

The Pulitzers have been awarded since 1917.