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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for rap

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for rap

Kendrick Lamar now has a Pulitzer Prize to go with all his Grammy Awards. With 20 categories, there is high honor associated with the prize, with former winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Music including classical and jazz composers the likes of Gian Carlo Menotti and Melinda Wagner.

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 album Damn.

Dana Canedy, administrator of the Pulitzer prize and the first woman and person of colour to present the award, said: "We are very proud of this selection".

Du Yun, who won the music Pulitzer previous year for her opera "Angel's Bone", said she was thrilled about Lamar's win.

His platinum-selling major-label albums - good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp a Butterfly and DAMN - became works of art, with Lamar writing songs about blackness, street life, police brutality, perseverance, survival and self-worth.

The first journalism prizes were awarded in 1917, including one to the New York Tribune for an editorial on the first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. And, his fans were quick to point out that the musician did not win Grammy's Album of the Year for the same music album, DAMN.

The complete listing of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners is available at the prize's official website.

In April a year ago the Pulitzer prize was awarded to a team of American newspaper New York Times.

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Other finalists in this category were-: The New York Times staff for coverage of the shooting in Las Vegas and The Houston Chronicle staff for coverage of Hurricane Harvey.

The names of the candidates for the award (15 thousand dollars), according to the rules of the award will not be known until the announcement of the results.

The breaking news photography award went to Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia, who captured the moment a vehicle plowed into counter-protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in the college town.

Commentary: John Archibald of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Ala.

"For a riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati's heroin epidemic revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and communities".

Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register for editorials on damaging consequences of the state's privatization of Medicaid.

The Pulitzer board called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.