Kendrick Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize
Recently, an annual award ceremony for winners of one of the most prestigious journalistic awards was held at Columbia University School of Journalism in New York. Pulitzer Prize is awarded in 21 categories, its purpose is to note outstanding achievements in journalism, as well as the authors of literary and musical works.
This year the winners in the category “Music” became popular American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The jury praised his album DAMN. According to representatives of the Pulitzer Prize, Kendrick Lamar’s album reflects the modern life of African-Americans, combining poetry, hip-hop, lyrics and funk. Lamar’s victory is the first time in the history of the award, when the award was given to a performer not of jazz or classical music.
The album was also described as “a virtuoso collection of songs united by a common authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that captures the complexity of modern African American life.”
Album DAMN. Also nominated for the Grammy Award as album of the year and won the nomination “Best Rap Album”. Kendrick Lamar’s debut album Section.80 was released in 2011, it included the first single of Lamar – HiiiPower, and a year later released the second studio album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which received high ratings among music critics.
In 2016, Time Magazine included a rapper in the list of 100 most influential people of the year.
The Pulitzer Prize in the main category of “Serving the Society” was given to The New York Times (by journalists Jodie Cantor and Megan Touay) and The New Yorker (Ronan Farrow), for investigating the harassment of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
In the nomination “National Reporting”, the journalists of The New York Times and The Washington Post were awarded, who wrote about the alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections in the United States and the possible links between Donald Trump’s entourage and Russia.
Pulitzer Prize is one of the most prestigious awards of the United States in the field of journalism, literature, music and theater. It is awarded annually since 1917, at the moment – in 21 nominations.
The size of the Pulitzer Prize since 2017 is 15 thousand dollars (before that – 10 thousand dollars). The laureate in a special nomination “For serving the society” instead of money receives a gold medal.