Kendrick Lamar Wins Hip-Hop’s 1st Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar performs at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Revered rapper Kendrick Lamar made history Monday as the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Lamar, 30, won the prestigious award for his 2017 Grammy-winning album “DAMN.”

According to the Pulitzer board, Lamar’s album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

Lamar, who will receive $15,000 as prize money, is also the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.

Since emerging on the music scene in 2010, Lamar has achieved the perfect mix of commercial appeal and critical respect.

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