Kendrick Becomes First Muso Outside Jazz Or Classical To Win Pulitzer Prize

Music Awards – Arrivals – Inglewood California U.S. 27/08/2017- Musician Kendrick Lamar. REUTERS  Mario Anzuon

It was announced Monday afternoon that Compton-based rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 record "DAMN". To Pimp a Butterfly also won Best Rap Album in 2016 but good Kid, m.A.A.d city lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist in 2014.

DAMN. Lamar's fourth album deals with religion, love, personal struggles and racial politics.

Lamar will be awarded $15,000 along with the prize, a meager sum for the rapper, who went double platinum with DAMN.

The New York Times shared the Pulitzer Prize for public-service with the New Yorker for articles that uncovered allegations of sexual harassment by movie producer Harvey Weinstein and others, coverage that helped reset the national conversation about the treatment of women.

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

The prestigious prize was awarded to the Times team led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and New Yorker contributor Ronan Farrow, for reports that disgraced the Hollywood mogul and sparked an avalanche of accusations against other powerful men.

The Pulitzer Prize honours excellence in journalism, and also awards prizes for the arts, with "DAMN." winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. It also marks the first time in its 75-year history that a non-classical, non-jazz album has won the award. The awards were given out Monday at an announcement at New York's Columbia University.

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A photographer who captured the moment a auto struck several people protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on his last day of work for a Virginia newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography Monday.

Poetry: Half-light, by Frank Bidart.

James Forman Jr.'s Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America won for general non-fiction.

Public Service: The New York Times and The New Yorker.

The staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network for multimedia reporting including podcasts and virtual reality that examined President Donald Trump's proposal to construct a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The Pulitzers, American journalism's most prestigious awards, reflected a year of unrelenting news and unprecedented challenges for US media, as Trump repeatedly branded reporting "fake news" and called journalists "the enemy of the people".

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