Kendrick Lamar becomes the first ever rapper to win a Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar becomes the first ever rapper to win a Pulitzer

But Lamar's win signals a shift in the Pulitzer Prize Board's purview to extend beyond classical music-and is much-deserved recognition for an iconic album. The win marked a sharp departure from the classical and jazz works the body have consistently favoured.

Kendrick Lamar's latest released project has been the critically acclaimed companion album to Marvel Studio's Black Panther.

It deals with love, religion, racial politics and his personal struggle.

The 30-year-old musician won the prestigious prize - awarded for achievements in literature, journalism and music - for his fourth album "Damn". Apart from the almost flawless album, Lamar also delivered some memorable performances, which could have helped him to be nominated for the prize.

The 102th edition of the Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia University in NY by administrator Dana Canedy at a time when the United States news media still under assault from the White House for peddling "fake news".

But the album failed to win the top Grammy prize - album of the year - in what was seen as a snub by music industry voters for the rap genre despite its rising popularity.

Public Service: jointly awarded to The New York Times, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow.

Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press-Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

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The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold won the national reporting prize for investigating Trump's track record of charitable giving.

The Washington Post for its coverage of sexual harassment allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

For in-depth reporting on President Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, using video, podcasts and virtual reality.

And the Cincinnati Enquirer took home the local reporting award for a package on how the region has been affected by the opioid addiction crisis.

In January, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation announced playwright Martyna Majok as the victor of the 2018 Greenfield Prize for Drama.

The Times and The Washington Post took the award in the national reporting category for their coverage of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials. "The president-elect's transition team and his eventual administration".

For relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, a freelance reporter for GQ for her profile on Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

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