Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kendrick Lamar Makes History With Pulitzer Prize Win for DAMN

Kendrick Lamar Makes History With Pulitzer Prize Win for DAMN

American rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday created history by being the first non-classical, non-jazz artist to win a Pulitzer Prize. K-Dot enters the Pulitzer hall-of-music fame as the first commercial and hip-hop artist to win among fellow finalists Michael Gilbertson's Quartet and Ted Hearne's Sound from the Bench.

In fact, the Pulitzer could not have picked a more impactful and relevant artist as the clear victor for 2017 - a year which witnessed the first year of the Trump presidency, violence against black man, shootings at schools and the upward swing in the confidence of right-wing voices: "You hate my people/Your plan is to terminate my culture".

Reuters won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for worldwide reporting and photography.

Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. Its final award was in the editorial cartooning for a series profiling a real-life family of refugees in the US.

He captured the moment a vehicle struck several people protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on his last day of work for a Virginia newspaper.

Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.

Presidential politics figured in the prizes for explanatory reporting, given to The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network.


Each year, judges narrow down the nominees in 14 journalism categories and 7 arts categories.

Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register received the editorial writing prize for pieces about the consequences of privatizing Iowa's administration of Medicaid.

Feature Photography: The photography staff of Reuters.

Andrew Sean Greer took home the Pulitzer in Fiction for his comic queer novel "Less".

The drama prize went to Martyna Majok Cost of Living, a drama featuring four characters, two of them disabled.

Poetry: Half-light, by Frank Bidart.

A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms. Lamer described his own American life in the song. Lamar's fourth LP, was his third straight to be nominated but ultimately fall short of the trophy, considered by most to be the top prize in popular music.

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