Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec in Quebec City

California rapper KendrickLamar on Monday became the first rapper to get the Pulitzer Prize for audio, perhaps one of one of the most prestigious arts awards in the usa.

Not only is Lamar the first rapper to ever be awarded ever since the Pulitzer Prize expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first victor who was not a jazz or classical musician. The Pulitzer board stated that the album is a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

Watch the announcement of all the Pulitzer Prize winners below, and hear 'DAMN.' after the jump.

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It's such a talented team, they are all chipping in", explained the 37-year-old. Die Roten are chasing a treble of trophies.

Since then, jazz artists Ornette Coleman and Henry Threadgill have been the only other non-classical musicians to receive the honour, and Bob Dylan and Hank Williams were each given an "additional citation". "We are very proud of this selection".

She specifically added about Lamar, "It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way". It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it's supposed to - the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The 30-year-old rapper bagged the award for his album Damn, which had also won the Grammy for Best Rap Album this year. He recently announced a massive summer tour as well as curated the soundtrack to the groundbreaking Black Panther movie. Lamar has yet to comment on his latest accolade.

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