Kendrick Lamar becomes the first rapper to win Pulitzer Music Prize

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By: AP | New York |
Published: April 17, 2018 8:32:39 am


Kendrick Lamar is the most commercially successful musician ever to have received the Pulitzer Prize. 

Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize. The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don’t live on the pop charts.

The 30-year-old won the prize for “DAMN.,” his raw and powerful Grammy-winning album. The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” He will win $15,000.

Lamar has been lauded for his deep…

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