good kid, m.A.A.d city was turned into a short film that was shown at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, To Pimp a Butterfly was archived in Harvard’s Loeb Music Library, and now DAMN. has earned its own unique accolade after winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music.

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The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today at Columbia University, with Kendrick Lamar being recognized for his latest GRAMMY-winning, chart-topping album. Host Dana Canedy called DAMN. “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

Unsurprisingly, Kendrick Lamar is the first hip-hop artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, which has traditionally been awarded to classical, opera and jazz composers like Henry Threadgill, Caroline Shaw and the late Ornette Coleman.


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