What a time to be alive!
Kendrick Lamar can now put his ‘Pulitzer Prize award’ on the shelf with all of his Grammys, as he was named the latest recipient of the prestigious award yesterday. This is the first time in history for a rap artist, as the music award is typically given to works of the classical or jazz genres.
The politically-charged album, ‘DAMN’, got many praises and was nominated for several categories at the 2018 Grammy awards, where Lamar delivered a high-energy, deeply rooted performance. “Humble” picked up the best rap performance, the best rap song, and best music video awards, beating Jay-Z in all three categories.
“The time was right,” said Dana Canedy. “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.” Canedy is the first woman, the first person of color, and the youngest person ever to administer the prizes. The Pulitzer board called the record “a work that captures the complexity of African-American life”.