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Kendrick Lamar’s Damn is first rap album to win Pulitzer

PULITZER: Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win the prize

KENDRICK LAMAR has won the Pulitzer prize for music for his album Damn.

The rapper is the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the esteemed award.

Lamar receives a $15,000 (£10,500) monetary prize.

The 30-year-old won five Grammy awards for Damn, his fourth studio album, at this year’s awards in January.

The album has sold more than a million copies in the US and and went platinum in the country a month after its release.

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.

"It means that the jury and its board judging system worked as it's supposed to - the best work was awarded a Pulitzer prize."

Canedy, who is also a journalist and former senior editor at The New York Times, added: "It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers."

Members of the music prize jury included Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English, comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University, David Hadju, music critic for The Nation and violinist Regina Carter.

The New York Times and the New Yorker were also among the 2018 Pulitzer prize winners. The two publications were jointly awarded the Pulitzer prize for public service for their work investigating and covering the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein, a former Hollywood film producer and one of the industry’s most influential men, has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct by more than 50 women.

The awards took place at a ceremony at Columbia University in New York yesterday.

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