Kendrick Lamar receives the 2018 Pulitzer prize for music
Kendrick Lamar has become the first hip-hop act to win a Pulitzer Prize in music for his acclaimed 2017 album DAMN. On Wednesday afternoon (May 30), the rapper went to the New York City’s Columbia University to receive the distinguished honor.
In addition to the prestigious accolade, the rapper also collects a $15,000 cheque. His album ‘DAMN’ was rewarded as a “distinguished musical composition by an American.”
President of Columbia University, Lee C. Bollinger, showered Lamar’s hip-hop opus with an abundance or praise, dubbing the project a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
Lamar commented on the Pulitzer in a Facebook live video, saying “It’s an honor … I’ve been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition — it’s beautiful.”
The Pray For Me hitmaker is now not only the first person to win a Pulitzer for a hip-hop album but the first person to win a Pulitzer for any music that’s not classical or jazz.