DAMN: Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize

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The New York Times received the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning.

Damn was touted as an instant classic receiving critical acclaim from music critics and sold an upward of 600,000 copies in its first week.

The 30-year-old California rapper was the first music victor in the 100-year history of the Pulitzers to come from outside of the world of classical or jazz.

DAMN.is Lamar's fourth studio record and was released on April 14, 2017.

Canedy's appearance at the event marked the first time in the prize's 102-year history that the awards were announced by a black woman.

American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN" won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

As The Guardian noted, the award has not been handed to a single American pop artist throughout its seven decades of existence.

Lamar is yet to comment on the award.

While Lamar himself has yet to respond to the win, journalist Dana Cenedy, who made the announcement, was delighted to know that Lamar won the award.

Hip-hop also has been recognized by the Pulitzer board in the drama category with "Hamilton", Lin-Manuel Miranda's modern retelling of America's founding fathers, winning in 2016.

David Hajdu, one of the music jurors this year and a critic for The Nation spoke to the leading worldwide publishing house and said, "The group considered more than 100 compositions, including some pieces of classical music that drew upon hip-hop as a resource leading to a philosophical discussion among the jurors about what could be considered".

"The important thing about this is the jury and the board just decided that the album is a word of vernacular avant-garde", she explained".

"It's a dense and sophisticated collage of hybrid sounds, polyrhythms, layered under what we would probably consider pulsing kinetic text".

Persistent racism in the USA also marked the feature writing award, which went to Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, for her reporting on Dylann Roof, who killed nine black people at a church in SC, for GQ magazine in the piece A Most American Terrorist.

But it still tackled poverty and prejudice and also saw the rapper dealing with more personal issues of faith and the stresses of fame.

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