Kendrick Lamar is officially a Pulitzer Prize winner.
On Monday, the rapper was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his fourth studio album, DAMN., which was released almost exactly one year ago today on April 14, 2017.
Kendrick is the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award, and upon learning the rapper had received such an honor, fans were SHOOK.
People showed immense excitement for Kendrick and offered their sincerest congratulations to the artist.
KENDRICK LAMAR WON A DAMN PULITZER. LEGEND. THE LITERARY GENIUS OF KENDRICK LAMAR STRIKES AGAIN!!!!
— REEsus Christ Superstar (@ReeAmilcarScott) April 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth just won a Pulitzer Prize for a hip-hop album. That shit is amazing and beautiful. These are new heights, there’s more we can do.
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) April 16, 2018
Me: Awards are dumb
Also me: I ask that everyone use the full title “Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar”
— Leor Galil (@imLeor) April 16, 2018
Beyoncé had Coachella renamed after her, Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize, & Black Panther has made more money than Titanic.
Black history month is every month, every day, every year, all the time.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) April 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar, Pulitzer Prize winner
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar being the first hip hop artist to win a #Pulitzer prize is a revolutionary sign of rap’s influence. But it’s also overdue considering the fact that rap started off as a form of journalism and poetry. It’s about talking about what’s happening where you come from.
— BRIANA 🎬🖤 (@briasoboojie) April 16, 2018
Kendrick’s album is described by Pulitzer board members as “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. also won the 2018 Grammy award for Best Rap Album of the year, however, many were quick to acknowledge how curious it was his Pulitzer-worthy work still had yet to win a Grammy for Album of the Year.
Ok. This is kind of amazing. Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer for DAMN. That he won a Pulitzer before a Grammy for Album of the Year is insane. But this is special and well deserved. https://t.co/WyOvO84Jw5
— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) April 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer before winning a Grammy for album of the year, that’s some shit.
— Elamin Abdelmahmoud (@elamin88) April 16, 2018
You can see all the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners in Journalism, Letters, Drama, Music, and more here.