Compton-born Kendrick Lamar’s musical talent continues to make waves with the TDE-signed rapper’s 2017 album DAMN. announced yesterday (April 16, 2018) as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize music award. The album was the anonymous choice of the Pulitzer jury and marks the first time a non-jazz or classical artist has won the award.
“We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to, the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prize, told the NY Times.
The five-person jury considered 100 compositions with composer Michael Gilbertson’s “Quartet” and singer/composer Ted Hearne’s “Sound From the Bench” among the finalists.
The 14-track DAMN. was released on April 14th, 2017 and was nominated for a Grammy award for album of the year (a prize taken home by Bruno Mars).
As of yet, Lamar hasn’t yet weighed in with his thoughts on winning the prize.
Congrats to Kendrick!