Kendrick Lamar's Damn is first rap album to win Pulitzer

Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein dominated the news cycle and the Pulitzers. Stephen Lovekin  Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein dominated the news cycle and the Pulitzers. Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

Winning awards is nothing new to Kendrick Lamar.

The public service prize was the sixth time The Times has received the prestigious award in the more than century-long history of the Pulitzers.

Lamar, 30, won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making it the first non-jazz or classical work to take the honor.

"We are very proud of this selection", Dana Canedy, administrator of the Pulitzer Prize told reporters after the victor was announced.

The Pulitzer board rarely awards mainstream music, previous year giving the prize to the experimental opera composer Du Yun.

The awards recognize "the importance of a strong vibrant independent press", new Pulitzers administrator Dana Canedy said at a recent reception.

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Damn has had lots of acclaim already: it was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and has been certified double-platinum by the RIAA.

DAMN. itself is - particularly when considered next to the looser, jazz-rooted musicality of Lamar's album To Pimp A Butterfly from 2015 - a thoroughly modern document of hip-hop's present and near future, in both sound and narrative scope.

Established in 1917 by provisions in the will of the Hungarian-born American Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, it is administered by Columbia University in New York City yearly.

The complete listing of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners is available at the prize's official website.

The New York Times staff also jointly won an award in the National Reporting category, along with the Washington Post staff.

The Pulitzers, American journalism's most prestigious awards, reflected a year of unrelenting news and unprecedented challenges for USA media, as Trump repeatedly branded reporting "fake news" and called journalists "the enemy of the people".

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And the NY magazine art critic Jerry Saltz won the criticism prize. It's the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award.

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Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register won the Pulitzer for editorial writing.

Lamar defeated fellow nominees Michael Gilbertson and Ted Hearne.

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