KENDRICK LAMAR ACCEPTED THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR MUSIC FOR HIS RECORD DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar has a Grammy for his certified-platinum album, DAMN., and now he has a Pulitzer Prize for Music.
"It's an honor. I've been writing my whole life. To get this type of recognition. It's beautiful."—Kendrick Lamar after receiving his Pulitzer Prize
First launching in 1943, the Pulitzer Prize annually honours “a distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American”. This year, it went to Lamar for his 2017 album ‘DAMN.’, which came out last April. It was the first win for a non-classical or jazz musician since the awards began including music some 75 years ago.
In an introduction that echoed the Pulitzer board's original announcement, the presenter called DAMN., Lamar's fourth LP, as a "virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life."
Host Dana Canedy seemed quietly delighted when making the announcement, and in an interview with the New York Times on Monday said, ““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. It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”
DAMN. touched on his origin story, themes of mental health, police brutality, Black pride, and literally so much more it's wild to think that one person wrote all of that with such searing, unflinching honesty, but Kendrick Lamar is truly great so there should be no questions about why or how he pulled it off. DAMN. also notably won the Grammy for Best Rap Album earlier this year.