Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music

Lawrence Kim
April 17, 2018

Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the music prize; it is the first time the award has been given to an album that is neither classical nor jazz music.

The Pulitzer board called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

The New York Times also shared a second prize with The Washington Post for coverage on Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The reports sparked the #MeToo movement, a broad pushback against sexual harassment in many industries. The ties fueled Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into alleged Russian attempts to influence the presidential election.

The movie producer's lawyers have said he denies non-consensual sexual contact with anyone.

The stories' impact soon spread beyond Weinstein to allegations against other prominent men.

It's the latest excellent decision made the Pulitzer folks, following such nods as awarding The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa this year's prize for breaking news reporting award for its Wine Country fire coverage and the same award in 2017 for the Ghost Ship fire coverage to the East Bay Times.

The winners are being revealed Monday afternoon at Columbia University. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.

Kendrick Lamar will now has a Pulitzer Prize to go with all his Grammy Awards.

The rapper, born in Compton, California, was hand-picked by "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler to curate an album to accompany the ubiquitously successful film, giving Lamar yet again another No. 1 effort and highly praised project.

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