Sandra Gonzalez of CNN is reporting rapper Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize for his fourth studio album “Damn.” Lamar is the first rapper to win the music award. Previous award winners have come from the classical and jazz musical genres. Gonzalez writes:
“Lamar’s politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise. ‘DAMN’ picked up best rap album at the award show. His song “Humble” also picked up best rap performance, best rap song and best music video.”
Lamar’s ‘Damn’ was described by the Pulitzer Prize selection 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.”
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