Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music

16 April, 2018, 23:58 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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The same week it celebrates its first birthday, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. has just won a Pulitzer Prize.

And in a dramatic cultural breakthough, 30-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for music in a category long reserved for classical works.

The board announced the news today (April 16) that the Top Dawg Entertainment LP achieved the honor in "Music Composition".

The New York Times and The New Yorker have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein and sexual misconduct that galvanized the #MeToo movement.

The New York Times also shared a second prize with The Washington Post for coverage on Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

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The movie producer's lawyers have said he denies non-consensual sexual contact with anyone.

Pulitzers are the most prestigious honour in American journalism.

A string of stories in the two newspapers shined light on connections between Russian officials and Trump's 2016 campaign.

Kendrick Lamar is officially a Pulitzer Prize victor.

The rapper, born in Compton, California, was hand-picked by "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler to curate an album to accompany the ubiquitously successful film, giving Lamar yet again another No. 1 effort and highly praised project. This year's music jurors were: violinist Regina Carter; Paul Cremo, a director at The Metropolitan Opera; Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English, comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University; David Hadju, music critic for The Nation; and David Lang, a composer.

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