Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for 'DAMN.' and fans are shook

Joann Johnston
April 17, 2018

California rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday for his album "DAMN.", organizers announced.

Since (at least) the release of good kid, m.A.A.d. city in 2012, the singularity of Kendrick Lamar has been plainly evident.

The album was described by the Pulitzer Prize as "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".

Late a year ago, Lamar released a "collector's edition" of DAMN. with the original album's tracklist reversed - played back-to-front it revealed even more of the album's shifting, contrasting revelations of self.

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Lamar's politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise.

And they were all-around pleased with the day, Recording Academy be DAMNed. He'll just have to put that Pulitzer where that Grammy should've gone.

You can see all the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners in Journalism, Letters, Drama, Music, and more here.

The other two finalists in the music category were Quartet, a work for string quartet by Michael Gilbertson; and Sound from the Bench, by Ted Hearne.

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