The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize have been announced today. Composer Ellen Reid took home the Music award for her opera p r i s m, which premiered at the Los Angeles Opera last fall, while the late Aretha Franklin was awarded a special citation for her contribution to music … More »
Kendrick Lamar just made history. Mr. Lamar just won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his most recent album DAMN. This makes him the first rapper to take home such an award in the 101 year history of the selections. Typically allotted for classical acts, Kendrick just joined the ranks of esteemed poets, journalists and
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Kendrick Lamar Duckworth has just made history.
Nowhere in the Pulitzer Prize’s 101 year history of recognizing the most impactful cultural milestones in literature, journalism, and music, had the esteemed designation ever gone to a piece of hip-hop — that is, until DAMN. For those that never thought hip-hop would take it this far, Kendrick Lamar has now provided the fork to eat those words with. For the first time ever, the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded to a rapper, and ironically, it came before he could add an Album of the Year Grammy to his credentials. At this point though, suffice it to say that Kendrick’s grandeur has surpassed that of a golden gramophone anyway.
Now, as if there was conceivably a shred of doubt left, Kendrick Lamar has undisputedly cemented himself as one of contemporary music’s most prolific writers. What’s more is that this isn’t just a landmark music award going to a more than deserving musician, but a signal to the changing of the times. Rap is more than rhymes and 808’s, it’s an art form, and with a young crop of artists on the rise directly influenced by Lamar’s masterwork on DAMN., the future of hip-hop looks especially bright.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. has won the Pulitzer Prize for music. It’s the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award. The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life. Lamar has been praised and lauded for his deep lyrical content, remarkable live performances, and … More »