Kendrick Lamar Awarded Pulitzer Prize for DAMN

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Staffs of The Times and The Washington Post shared a prize for national reporting for scoops about Russian interference in the US elections.

Here is another proof that Kendrick Lamar is one of the most important voices in his generation of rappers: He just won a Pulitzer.

Dana Canedy, administer of the Pulitzer prizes, said, "The time was right".

The Arizona Republic, with the USA Today Network, was awarded the explanatory journalism award for a series on the border wall between the United States and Mexico.

The Washington Post won the Pulitzer in the investigative category for relentless reporting seen as having influenced the outcome of the 2017 Senate race in Alabama, revealing Republican candidate Roy Moore's alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls. It is the first piece of popular music to receive the music award since it was introduced in 1943.

Farrow's first article, a 7,000-word investigation published five days later after The New York Times' report, disclosed the first accusations of rape and sexual assault against Weinstein. The victor receives a $15,000 prize.

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, have been awarded since 1917, after being established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.

Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN., making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the prize. With 20 categories, there is high honor associated with the prize, with former winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Music including classical and jazz composers the likes of Gian Carlo Menotti and Melinda Wagner.

The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising USA journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music. Lamar curated the album and featured on the album with original songs composed for the record-breaking film.

Elsewhere, Andrew Sean Greer won the Fiction prize for Less, while Martyna Majok won the Drama prize for Cost of Living.

DAMN. itself is - particularly when considered next to the looser, jazz-rooted musicality of Lamar's album To Pimp A Butterfly from 2015 - a thoroughly modern document of hip-hop's present and near future, in both sound and narrative scope.



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