Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for rap

Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music

The Pulitzers were announced at Columbia University, which administers the prizes.

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious honours in American journalism and the arts, have been awarded since 1917.

Mr. Hearne, whose cantata "Sound From the Bench" was a finalist, praised the decision to award the Pulitzer to Mr. Lamar, calling him "one of the greatest living American composers, for sure".

The Pulitzer for investigative reporting was awarded to The Washington Post for its expose of Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, whose bid for higher office was upended after the daily uncovered that he had groped and harassed multiple women, one as young as 14. The wire service also collected the award for feature photography for its work documenting the plight of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.

On Monday, Billboard spoke with Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy, a former senior editor for the New York Times and fellow victor, to discuss the process which led to Kendrick's unexpected victory. He blends hip hop, jazz, funk, poetry, African sounds and soul in his music.

Here take a look at this year Pulitzer Prize winners.


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.

A string of stories in the two newspapers shined light on connections between Russian officials and Mr. Trump's 2016 campaign. He then looked at it and saw he had won a Pulitzer, and became speechless.

She said in an interview, "It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way".

The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network won the prize for explanatory reporting for scrutinizing the complications in Trump's plans for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, and the Cincinnati Enquirer won the local reporting prize for its coverage of the heroin epidemic. The actor has so far won 12 Grammy Awards. Caroline Fraser's work on author Laura Ingalls Wilder, Prairie Fires, won for biography.

The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is a "virtuosic song collection" and said it captures "the modern African American life".

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