(KGTV) - You can now add “Pulitzer Prize winner” to Kendrick Lamar’s long list of accolades.
The Los Angeles-based, multi-Grammy winning hip-hop star became the first rapper to be given a Pulitzer Prize, winning the 2018 prize for Music for his “DAMN.” album.
Pulitzer judges said of Lamar’s album: “Recording released on April 14, 2017, a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
“DAMN.” won the 2018 Grammy for best rap album, with the album’s single “Humble” claiming the best rap performance, best rap song and best music video Grammys.
Public Service: The New York Times and The New Yorker
Breaking News Reporting: The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat staff
Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post staff
Explanatory Reporting: The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network staffs
Local Reporting: The Cincinnati Enquirer staff
National Reporting: The New York Times and The Washington Post staffs
International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters
Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, GQ freelance reporter
Commentary: John Archibald of Alabama Media Group
Criticism: Jerry Saltz of New York Magazine
Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register
Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan for The New York Times
Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress
Feature Photography: Photography staff of Reuters
Letters, Drama and Music
Fiction: “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer
Drama: “Cost of Living” by Martyna Majok
History: “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea” by Jack E. Davis
Biography: "Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder" by Caroline Fraser
Poetry: "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016" by Frank Bidart
General nonfiction: "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" by James Forman Jr.
Music: “DAMN.” by Kendrick Lamar