Kendrick Lamar Accepts Historic Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Kenny has arrived.
On Thursday Kendrick Lamar accepted his Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN, in a historic moment for the awards.
Receiving a standing ovation while accepting his award, and in a Facebook live Kendrick said, "It's an honour ... been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition is beautiful".
Kendrick's win is historic because not only is he the first artist not in the classical or jazz disciplines to win the award, he's the first rap artist to ever win a Pulitzer.
The music award was introduced in 1943 and since then not a single hip-hop artist has won, until now.
Describing DAMN as, "A virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life," the Pulitzers signified a major cultural shift in expanding their awarded categories.
Kendrick had barely acknowledged the win except for embracing his new identity as "Pulitzer Kenny". At a recent gig in L.A. Kendrick was flanked by banners listing the awards and nominations the chart-topping album has received, while his new title was displayed on a giant screen behind him.
After accepting his award it looked like everybody was after a cheeky selfie with the star, and we honestly can't blame them.
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