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Ken­drick La­mar has won the Pulitzer Prize for mu­sic, mak­ing his­tory as the first non-clas­si­cal or jazz artist to win the pres­ti­gious award.

The revered rap­per is also the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful mu­si­cian to re­ceive the award, usu­ally re­served for crit­i­cally ac­claimed clas­si­cal acts who don’t live on the pop charts.

The 30-year-old won the prize for DAMN., his raw and pow­er­ful Grammy- win­ning al­bum. The Pulitzer board said Mon­day the al­bum is a “vir­tu­osic song col­lec­tion” and said it cap­tures “the mod­ern African-Amer­i­can life.” He will win $15,000.

The Pulitzer board has awarded spe­cial hon­ours to Bob Dy­lan, Duke Elling­ton, Ge­orge Gersh­win, Th­elo­nious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a pop­u­lar fig­ure like La­mar has never won the prize for mu­sic.

Ken­drick La­mar

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