First Rapper to Win Pulitzer Prize In Music: Kendrick Lamar Makes History with 'DAMN'

Updated On 17 Apr, 2018 Published On

On Monday, April 16, American rapper/songwriter Kendrick Lamar reached a milestone in his career, receiving the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music, becoming the first rapper to be honored with the award.

Kendrick, 30, won the Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN, released in April 2017. The Pulitzer Prize website called the album,

a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.

Video: Kendrick Lamar Made History By Winning 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music

In the past Pulitzer has been given to classical or jazz artists including composer Jennifer Higdon, composer Julia Wolfe, and composer John Luther Adams, but with Kendrick receiving the awarded the award, he brought pop to the Pulitzer.

Video: Blood from Kendrick Lamar's album, 'DAMN'

The rapper is yet to officially comment on his historic win, but a number of other celebs have already congratulated him on the accomplishment. Reese Witherspoon congratulated the rapper on Monday on Twitter, 

Anthony Bourdain was also one of the well-wishers,

 Congratulations @kendricklamar on your Pulitzer win.  The album was brilliant and deserves every accolade.

Alongside Pulitzer, DAMN has handed the rapper Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammys in February, and was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Bruno Mars.