- 17 Apr 18
The American rapper and songwriter has made history by becoming the first non-classical or jazz musician to be honoured with this prestigious award.
Lamar won for his 2017 album DAMN. He is now being described by the mainstream press as the first ever "popstar" to win the Pulitzer Prize For Music.
“The time was right,” said Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”
She added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”
Lamar has yet to officially comment or even tweet yet about his historic win, which is being hailed as a "big moment for Hip-Hop" by the New York Times.