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Kendrick Lamar

A Pulitzer smartly recognizes the 'virtuosic' power of Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'

A Pulitzer smartly recognizes the 'virtuosic' power of Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'

The Pulitzer Prize committee gets it. The Grammy Awards don’t.

Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 album, “DAMN.,” was snubbed by the Recording Academy for the album of the year Grammy a few months ago. But on Monday, the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition went to Lamar.

The honor made Lamar the first nonclassical or jazz performer to win the prize, which was established in 1917 and honors work in 21 categories, including journalism and literature as well as music. The Pulitzers praised “DAMN.” 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.”

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