Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

The rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don’t live on the pop charts.

The 30-year-old won the prize for DAMN., his raw and powerful Grammy-winning album. The Pulitzer board said the album is a “virtuosic song collection” and said it captures “the modern African American life”. He will win US$15,000.

Congrats Kendrick!


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