Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music

Organisers of the Pulitzer Prize have announced American rapper, Kendrick Lamar, as the winner of this year’s prize for music.

Lamar, 30, is the first rapper to win the prestigious award for his album “DAMN.”

The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy awards won by Lamar in January for the album

Previous Pulitzer music winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.

Lamar’s fusion of jazz, poetry and blues with social themes and love songs has made him one of the most innovative rappers of his generation.

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious honors in American journalism and the arts, have been awarded since 1917. Lamar’s Pulitzer win marked a significant departure as previous honorees have been drawn from the worlds of classical music and jazz.

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