Rapper Kendrick Lamar, who was at a turning point for the Pulitzer Prize, accepted the prize for music on Wednesday in a ceremony at Columbia University.
Lamar, the first musician outside the classical and jazz genres, received the honor for his album "DAMN". At the presentation, Columbia President Lee Bollinger described Lamar's fourth LP as a "virtuoso song collection that combines authenticity and vignette with the complexity of modern African American life."
Pulitzer winner does not make any recognition speeches, but in a Facebook live video on the Pulitzer Prize page, Lamar told Sree Sreenivasan, "I've written all my life to get that kind of recognition ̵
The Pulitzer The awards go back to the year 1917 and honor outstanding works in the fields of journalism and art, letters and music. The first Pulitzer for Music was awarded in 1943 to William Schuman for "Secular Cantata No. 2: A Free Song".
Lamar joins Aaron Copland, Gian Carlo Menotti and Wynton Marsalis as music honoree.
"DAMN." Was nominated for a Grammy, but Lamar lost the album of the year to Bruno Mars.
Following Pulitzer Prize winners' announcement in April, Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy told The New York Times: "We are very proud of this selection, which means that the jury and the jury system worked the way it should – the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. "