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See Kendrick Lamar Accept The 2018 Pulitzer Prize For Music
At the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. album won the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album and the songs "HUMBLE." and "LOYALTY." earned GRAMMY wins as well, bringing Lamar's career wins to an even dozen. While this feat is hard to beat, there's certainly a lot of prestige in accepting a Pulitzer Prize.
At the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Awards Ceremony on May 30, "Beautiful" was the adjective that came to Lamar's lips, accepting his Pulitzer Prize for Music, as America's literary history and hip-hop history met at a high point in Columbia University's Low Library rotunda.
Released April 14, 2017, Lamar said that DAMN. "came out exactly how I heard it in my head." For all the album's success, it's clear that Lamar's vision is a work of creative genius. "Virtuosic" is the adjective the Pulitzers used to describe it.
The announcement of Lamar's historic Pulitzer win was made on April 16, exciting music lovers who have long valued the meaning and force of hip-hop. His win is the first time the Pulitzer for music was awarded outside of the classical or jazz genres.
With another prestigious prize to add to his awards shelf, we all look forward to being inspired by what this gifted artist and rapper goes on to hear in his head and to share with us over the years to come.