DAMN: Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar whose album DAMN. won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music performs in London earlier this year

Kendrick Lamar whose album DAMN. won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music performs in London earlier this year. AFP Getty Images

American journalism's most prestigious awards were being announced at Columbia University. Announced yesterday, Majok is now also the victor of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, receiving the prize for her play, Cost of Living.

According to the New York Times, David Hajdu, one of the music jurors this year, said that the group considered more than 100 compositions, including "some pieces of classical music that drew upon hip-hop as a resource".

A string of stories in the two newspapers shined light on connections between Russian officials and Mr Trump's 2016 campaign.

Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press-Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif. 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.

The publication reports that Lamar's raps have earned him "voice of generation" accolades and helped him ascend as the leader in hip-hop.

"For purposeful and relentless reporting that changed the course of a Senate race in Alabama, revealing a candidate's alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls and subsequent efforts to undermine the journalism that exposed it". He then looked at it and saw he had won a Pulitzer, and became speechless.

They won the award in the category of Breaking News.

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

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

And the Cincinnati Enquirer took home the local reporting award for a package on how the region has been affected by the opioid addiction crisis. The wire reporting service also won the feature photography award for following the plight of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. For the first time the award was presented in 1917.

Presidential politics figured in the prizes for explanatory reporting, given to The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network.

Also nominated as finalists: The Houston Chronicle for its coverage of Hurricane Harvey and The New York Times for its coverage of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Fiction: Less, Andrew Sean Greer.

Drama: Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok. Jack Davis won the prize in History for his book, "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea".

Poetry: Half-light, by Frank Bidart.

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