The Pulitzer Prize committee awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music to a hiphop artist, Kendrick Lamar.
Watch the announcement of all the Pulitzer Prize winners below, and hear 'DAMN.' after the jump. "We are very proud of this selection". A Pulitzer Prize is awarded every year for a variety of different categories, with the category for music being awarded "For a distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year".
Pulitzer audio winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman. Lamar has yet to comment on his latest accolade.
According to Canedy, the decision to award the prize to Lamar unanimous. The 30-year-old rapper bagged the award for his album Damn, which had also won the Grammy for Best Rap Album this year. The board thought the album was "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life". The way Lamar wrote about black culture, street life, police brutality, perseverance, survival and self-worth have consistently caught the eye and ear of all types of listeners. This has easily propelled him as one of the leaders in hip-hop, even crossing over to multiple audiences outside of rap as well.