This year’s Pulitzer Prize Awards was announced by Pulitzer administrator, Dana Canedy at Columbia University’s School of Journalism on Monday the 16th.

Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. They explore themes of privilege, race and cultural production. Each winner walks away with $15,000 cash prize.

This year’s winners in the arts category were as follows:

  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama – Cost of Living by Martyna Majok
  • Pulitzer Prize for History – The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography – Prairie Fires: The American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser 
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry – Half light: Collected poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • Pulitzer Prize for General non-fiction – Locking Up Our Own: Crimes and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Music – Damn by Kendrick Lamar

It was the first time ever for a win in a genre that is not classical or jazz. Kendrick is the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer.

The Walls of Genre: In Slate, Music finalists Michael Gilbertson and Ted Hearne offered insights on their stylistic approaches, the future of the Music Prize — and their favorite Kendrick Lamar tracks. ‘Especially in America, there are incredibly important musical thinkers who have been kept out of classical music spaces for a long time,’ Hearne said.

April 17, 2018, slate.com

The award for DAMN will be a reflection that as days go by the Pulitzer Prize  Award will encompass music in its wholeness. It is a historic milestone for the hip-hop genre and for every hip-hop black artist out there. Through the quality of ones body of work presents an opportunity beyond the making of good history. Quality over quantity. #Rewordit

 

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