If you thought the Pulitzer Prize was akin to the Nobel Peace Prize, but for only hoighty-toighty writing and stuff, think again.
Rap artist Kendrick Lamar has just become the first rap artist to win the prestigious Pulitzer, namely for his album of last year, Damn.
The Pulitzer board announced the selection on Monday, calling the LP “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”
We kid you not.
Damn reached double-platinum status for Lamar, and has won Best Rap Album at several award ceremonies.
This is the first time a music artist has won the Pulitzer outside of the genres of classical or jazz.
But back to that other prestigious prize often classified as posh, those folks on the board for the Nobel Peace Prize also gave an award to someone in mainstream pop recently, awarding their Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan, who received $900,000 as part of his booty. There were reports Dylan was ready to reject the award… until he realised nearly a million came with the package… quite possibly.
We’re not sure what moolah Lamar might have pocketed from his Pulitzer win, but let’s just say a Pulitzer will pretty much grant the guy access to any other artist in the music industry. And we’re guessing Kanye is losing lots of sleep. Lisa Andrews & Antonino Tati