Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.
The rapper was awarded the prestigious prize for his fourth album, ‘DAMN’, which won five awards at January’s Grammys, but was overlooked in the Album of the Year category.
Explaining the landmark decision, Dana Canedy, prize administrator, said (via The New York Times): “The time was right. 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.”
Soon after the win was announced, congratulations started rolling in:
I feel good about a world in which Kendrick Lamar has a Pulitzer Prize.
— Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) April 17, 2018
On April 14th, 2017 King @kendricklamar released DAMN. Today, Kendrick just won a Pulitzer award for DAMN. He’s the first musician to win the award that is not classical, or a jazz artist. Congratulations, it was a great album. Praise the King! 🙌🏽#KendrickLamar#Pulitzerpic.twitter.com/hZgz9mTov3
— Jose Palmerin (@TheEmperorZero) April 16, 2018
You can think whatever you want about Kendrick’s music but his albums are being cemented into the history books. Whether in it’s in the halls of Harvard or in the Pulitzer archives, he’s being immortalized.
— 6lack Star (@Jaywop6) April 17, 2018
Truth! Kendrick is a remarkable lyricist. Fun fact: I completely stopped watching the Grammys after Macklemore won over Kendrick Lamar for ‘best rap album.’ Full stop 🛑.
Well deserved. Congratulations to him! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/hZRVee63qO
— Miss Bossy Boots: ♥️ (@StayWoke_____) April 16, 2018
Congratulations to #Compton’s very own Kendrick Lamar for becoming the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Lamar made history by being the first non-classical or jazz artist for winning this prestigious prize. #CA44https://t.co/dFZ1HFkTCt
— Nanette D. Barragán (@RepBarragan) April 17, 2018
Kendrick is yet to comment on the announcement.
After being released to worldwide critical acclaim in April 2017, ‘DAMN’ went platinum within one month and current sales, including streaming, are at over 3 million.
He subsequently toured the album, performing 52-dates worldwide and selling over 700,000 tickets.