Kendrick Lamar Makes History, Wins Pulitzer Prize For Music For "DAMN"

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The same week it celebrates its first birthday, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. has just won a Pulitzer Prize.

The recognition comes on the heels of growing acceptance of hip-hop from reigning cultural institutions over the past year, including LL Cool J becoming the first hip-hop artist to be acknowledged by the Kennedy Center Honors and Jay-Z the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (as well as giving an in-depth interview to the executive editor of The New York Times).

Organisers said it offered "affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life". The ties fueled Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into alleged Russian attempts to influence the presidential election.

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Sharing the public service award was The New York Times and The New Yorker, whose investigations, published separately in October 2017, chronicled sexual harassment claims against Oscar-winning movie producer Harvey Weinstein - and led to the launch the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

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.

Men and women, famous or not, have spoken about their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in what has become known as the #MeToo movement. This announcement marks the 102nd year of the Prizes.

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The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising U.S. journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music.

In other categories, the Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won the explanatory reporting prize for a multi-format look at the challenges and consequences of building the Mexican border wall that was a centerpiece of Trump's campaign.

In the arts, prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music. That year, two daughters of abolitionist Julia Ward Howe won for a biography of their mother - at a time when women couldn't vote and the literary world was dominated by men.

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