Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize, underscoring Grammys' latest big mistake

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize, underscoring Grammys' latest big mistake

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

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 30-year-old won the prize for "DAMN.", his raw and powerful Grammy-winning album.

Organisers said it offered "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.

In 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz act to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. At the 2016 Grammys, during his visual-stunning, show-stopping performance, he appeared beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and bruises on his eyes as he delivered powerful lyrics to the audience.

Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar, Top Dawg and Interscope Records. Each loss has been criticized by the music community, launching the conversation about how the Recording Academy might be out of touch.

The first journalism prizes were awarded in 1917, including one to the New York Tribune for an editorial on the first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. This year's music jurors were: violinist Regina Carter; Paul Cremo, a director at The Metropolitan Opera; Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English, comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University; David Hadju, music critic for The Nation; and David Lang, a composer.

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