Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn.’ Album Wins a Pulitzer Prize
by Lupe LLerenas
Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize for his latest album, DAMN., which has become the first non-classical or jazz work to earn the prestigious honor.
In the Monday announcement, the Pulitzer board described the album 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.”
While the Compton’s MC win is a first for any pop music genre, he is not the first non-classical or jazz musician to be recognized by the Pulitzer board. Hank Williams (2010) and Bob Dylan (2008) are among the most recent musicians who have received special awards.
DAMN. was released a year ago on April 14, 2017, and is his fourth studio album.
Congratulations, Kendrick Lamar!
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018