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Rapper Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize For Music

Rapper Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize For Music

"It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it's supposed to - the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize".

Lamar, 30, is the first rapper to win the prestigious award.

"For lyrical and courageous commentary that is rooted in Alabama but has a national resonance, in scrutinizing corrupt politicians, championing the rights of women and calling out hypocrisy for criticism".

In the arts, prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music.

"For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation's understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 election and its connections to the Trump campaign".

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, won the breaking news award for coverage of the wildfires that swept through California's wine country last fall.

Also nominated as finalists: John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post for stories about gun violence told through the eyes of children, and Norimitsu Onishi of The New York Times for the final days of Japan's isolated elderly population. "This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers".

Kelly made the photo on his last day at the newspaper before moving on to a job at a brewery.

One woman, Heather Heyer, died and 19 people were injured. "We are very proud of this selection".

But he said he was still heartbroken for Ms. Heyer's family and everybody else who was affected by the tragic violence.




The local reporting award went to The Cincinnati Enquirer for what the judges called "a riveting and insightful" narrative and video about the heroin epidemic in the area. He succeeded Peter Bhatia as editor in January.

Ryan Kelly, a photographer who captured the moment a auto struck several people protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on his last day of work for a Virginia newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.

Feature Photography: The photography staff of Reuters. These were just the literary awards, prizes are awarded in twenty-one categories.

The Arizona Republic, with the USA Today Network, was awarded the explanatory journalism award for a series on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Art critic Jerry Saltz of NY magazine won the criticism award.

The Poetry prize was scooped by Frank Bidart's Half-Light, while Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser was triumphant for Biography.

General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr.

Frank Bidart's "Half-Light" was the poetry victor.

But in a year when the media has been galvanised by digging into Trump's chaotic presidency, Lamar's award for his album Damn also stood out as the rapper from Compton, California became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer in music. He is the first ever non-classical or jazz artist to receive this honorable award.

The Pulitzer board said the album was a virtuosic song collection that captured the modern African American life.


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