Rapper Kendrick Lamar was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN., becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to capture the honour. Lamar’s fourth album was a critical and commercial success, which the Pulitzer board praised in a statement.
The board called DAMN. “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”
DAMN. earned Lamar five 2018 Grammy Awards, including Rap Album of the Year, as well as a nomination for Album of the Year. Lamar enhanced his outstanding year even further by curating the soundtrack to the Marvel film Black Panther.