Kendrick Lamar was in New York City today to accept the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his album DAMN at Columbia University. It was announced one month ago that Lamar became the first rapper to receive the honor. The award was given in the past to jazz and classical performers. The event streamed live on Facebook and Lamar said upon accepting the ward, “It’s an honor. I’ve been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition it’s beautiful.”
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Kendrick Lamar has become the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize today for his album DAMN. On the website, DAMN is described 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.” In the past, the Pulitzer for music has gone to Thelonius Monk, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, John Coltrane, George Gershwin and Wynton Marsalis. Hip-Hop has never been recognized by the Pulitzer Prize Board until now.The award comes with a $15,000 payment and a certificate that he will receive at the ceremony next month.