Hot “Damn”! On April 16 Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy
announced the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes, which were established in 1917 to honor the best in journalism, literature, drama and music. Administered by New York’s Columbia University
, the Pulitzers
made history this year by awarding Kendrick Lamar
for his album “Damn” in the music category. He’s the first rap artist ever to win the award, which usually goes to classical or jazz compositions — as a reminder, the Grammys went with Bruno Mars
. Watch the complete announcement above.
The Pulitzers called “Damn” a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” It lost the Grammy for Album of the Year to Mars’s “24K Magic” earlier this year, but it nevertheless won five trophies for Lamar: Best Rap Album; Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Loyalty” (with Rihanna
); and Best Rap Performance,