Damn! Kendrick Lamar first rapper to win Pulitzer

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But Lamar's win signals a shift in the Pulitzer Prize Board's purview to extend beyond classical music-and is much-deserved recognition for an iconic album.

The Times was awarded a total of three Pulitzer Prizes, and the Reuters news agency won two. But in recent decades some jazz artists have won, with Wynton Marsalis being awarded for his Blood On The Fields classical oratorio in 1997.

Kendrick Lamar made history Monday when it was announced the rapper from Compton, California, had won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music for his fourth studio album, 2017's Damn.

"LeBron James or the little boy around the corner, we come from the same struggles, and it comes out of my mouth for them to relate to", Lamar told Dave Chappelle of the album in Interview Magazine last summer. "And then someone said, 'We should be considering Kendrick Lamar" and the group said 'absolutely.' So then, right then, they chose to listen to the entire album and decided 'This is it'".

Lamar's album also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 60th Annual Grammy's. The album was the follow-up to Lamar's major label releases, 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d city, and 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly.

The 30-year-old Lamar is the most well-known and commercial musician to be awarded the honor. In response to Lamar being the first hip-hop artist to win, Canedy said: "I can not take credit".

Andrew Sean Greer, author of "Less", victor of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Since emerging on the music scene with the 2011 album Section.

Breaking news reporting: Staff of the Press-Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

The New York Times and The Washington Post shared the Pulitzer in national reporting for coverage that furthered understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and its connections to the Trump campaign, his transition team and administration, Ms. Canedy said.

The Pulitzers have long displayed their own bias, making a preference clear for elevated high art, rather than the lowly pop culture of the masses.

Kendrick Lamar can't get respect from the Grammys.

The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

In the literature category, Andrew Sean Greer won for his novel Less, a comic rumination on the anxieties and foibles of its protagonist, a mediocre novelist about to turn 50.

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