Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

NYT and New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein exposé

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But in a year when the media has been galvanised by digging into Trump's chaotic presidency, Lamar's award for his album Damn also stood out as the rapper from Compton, California, became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer in music.

Kendrick Lamar kicked off the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday in New York City.

No Grammy for album of the year, no problem.

The rapper was given the prestigious honor for his 2017 studio album DAMN., described by the Pulitzer Prize committee 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".

Lamar is known for his piercing lyrics, political statements and his fired-up (sometimes literally) performances.

Matthew Trammell of Pitchfork said of Damn: "Storytelling has been Lamar's greatest skill and most primary mission, to put into (lots of) words what it's like to grow up as he did - to articulate, in human terms, the intimate specifics of daily self-defense from your surroundings".

As well as being a critical success, Damn went platinum in the U.S. just a month a month after its release.

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

Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer over co-finalists Michael Gilbertson and his string Quartet and Ted Hearne's cantata Sound from the Bench.

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