As Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. album just celebrated its one year anniversary, Kendrick has won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in Music for his latest album DAMN. becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018
The award is given “for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year,” according to the Pulitzer Prize Board. It has been defined by the Pulitzer committee 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.”
Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar!