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Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize For ‘DAMN.’

(Source: www.forbes.com)

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making him the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prize.

The Pulitzer committee cited the album 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. was nominated for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards, and took home the award for the former (Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic won Album of the Year). Lamar has garnered 29 nominations and twelve wins in his career.

Each of the album’s 14 tracks made the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Lamar only the fifth artist to land that many songs on the chart simultaneously.

The win signifies Lamar’s knack for balancing creativity, consciousness and capitalism. The Compton-born rapper has earned $78.5 million over the past five years, including a career-best $30 million in 2017.

“Any kind of business outside of art and culture and hip-hop, I have to have full creative control,” he told FORBES. “And having that control, I always wanted to have something that represents more than just a price tag.

Lamar will be taking his Pulitzer-winning album on the road on the Top Dawg Entertainment-branded Championship Tour beginning May 4 in Vancouver, featuring label mates SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and more.

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