(Provided by Newsweek)
Now he’s got a Pulitzer inside his DNA.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar made history Monday when he became the first hip-hop artist to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize.
Lamar’s 2017 album “DAMN,” which won a Grammy for the best rap album in January, is the first nonclassical or jazz work to win the award, which comes with a $15,000 cash prize.
The Pulitzer board — which announced the winners Monday — called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.
Lamar, 30, has been hailed for lyrics that are both pungent and poignant. His songs, including “DNA” and “Humble,” cover themes of race and survival in a musical mix that blends hip-hop, jazz, soul and spoken word.
“DAMN” is Lamar’s fourth studio album and was released in April 2017. Lamar has won 12 Grammy awards since his debut in 2011.
The Pulitzer’s top prize for public service went to The New York Times and The New Yorker for reporting that sparked the #MeToo movement.
Staffs of The Times and The Washington Post shared a prize for national reporting for scoops about Russian interference in the U.S. elections.
The awards, which honour newspapers, magazines, online journalism, literature and music, were announced by Columbia University’s journalism school.
The public service prize mentioned the work of The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, and The Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for stories that revealed sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond, and put an end to the Tinseltown reign of filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.
“Most journalists consider the work they do a calling,” said new Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy. “Their work is real news of the highest order.”
Canedy’s appearance at the event marked the first time in the prize’s 102-year history that the awards were announced by a black woman.
Last year, the Daily News, along with ProPublica, won in the coveted public service category for “uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities.” (The New Daily News)