Kendrick Lamar makes history, wins Pulitzer for "DAMN"

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

It's the first-ever album to win Pulitzer outside the classical and jazz genre.

"DAMN.", which reached number one on the USA albums chart, moves forward the conversation about race that Lamar started on his previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly", which infused jazz and spoken word and gave voice to the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition to topping many year-end best lists (including ours), DAMN. was awarded five Grammys, though it lost out on album of the year to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic. Kendrick has been on a winning streak that began early this year.

The New York Times and New Yorker were jointly awarded the Pulitzer prize for public service on Monday for investigating accusations of sexual harassment and assault made against one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein. The prize winners were exclusively classical artists until 1997. Bidart, who turns 80 next month, is one of the country's most acclaimed poets and has been a Pulitzer finalist before.

At time of writing, Lamar has not addressed his victory on social media.

The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold won the national reporting prize for investigating Trump's track record of charitable giving.

The Washington Post received the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for its reporting about U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The New York Times also shared the honour for national reporting with The Washington Post for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election.

A string of stories in the two newspapers shined light on connections between Russian officials and Mr. Trump's 2016 campaign. "The president-elect's transition team and his eventual administration".

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Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah for GQ. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.

Art critic Jerry Saltz of NY magazine won the criticism award.

For a robust body of work that conveyed a canny and often daring perspective on visual art in America, encompassing the personal, the political, the pure and the profane. Its final award was in the editorial cartooning for a series profiling a real-life family of refugees in the US.

Ryan Kelly captured the photo on his last day of worked for The Daily Progress last August.

He captured the moment a vehicle struck several people protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on his last day of work for a Virginia newspaper.

Feature Photography: The photography staff of Reuters.

For shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar.

In the artistic categories, the award for fiction went to "Less", by Andrew Sean Greer, a globe-trotting chronicle of an aging novelist confronting middle age, career disappointments and travails in love.

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