Kendrick Lamar Becomes the First Rapper to Win a Pulitzer Prize in Music

Kendrick Lamar just made history after earning himself a Pulitzer Prize in Music for his critically acclaimed album, DAMN.

The Pulitzer Prize website describes the album 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.” Released in 2017, DAMN was earned for multiple Grammy awards in 2018, including a nomination for Album of the Year. The rapper took home five Grammys for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance (“HUMBLE.”), Best Rap Song (“HUMBLE.”), Best Music Video (“HUMBLE.”), and Best Rap/Sung Performance (“LOYALTY.” ft. Rihanna).

Kendrick made history as the first rapper to win the prestigious award. In previous years, the award was given to jazz or classical artist including composer George Walker, composer Julia Wolfe, composer Jennifer Higdon, and Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Although Kendrick did not comment on the historic win, the Top Dawg Entertainment twitter account acknowledged the huge accomplishment along with several celebrities and of course… his fans.

Congrats Kendrick!