Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize

By John Smithies, Epoch Times
April 17, 2018 7:42 am Last Updated: April 17, 2018 9:18 pm

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, the first hip-hop artist to do so.

Lamar won for his album “DAMN.” which was released in April 2017 and has sold more than 3.5 million copies.

He is not only the first rapper to win the prize, but the first winner who is not from the classical or jazz worlds since the prize was expanded to music in 1943.

Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, told the New York Times that the Pulitzer board made a unanimous decision in giving the prize to Lamar.

The board said that 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.”

“The time was right,” Canedy told the New York Times. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to—the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”