Com­mer­cial and crit­i­cal dar­ling Ken­drick La­mar wins Pulitzer

The Philippine Star - - WORLD NEWS -

NEW YORK (AP) — Ken­drick La­mar won the Pulitzer Prize for mu­sic Mon­day, mak­ing his­tory as the first non-clas­si­cal or jazz artist to win the pres­ti­gious prize.

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.

La­mar has been lauded for his deep lyri­cal con­tent, po­lit­i­cally charged live per­for­mances, and his pro­found mix of hip-hop, spo­ken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds. Since emerg­ing on the mu­sic scene with the 2011 al­bum “Sec­tion.80,” he has achieved the per­fect mix of com­mer­cial ap­peal and crit­i­cal re­spect.

The Pulitzer board has awarded spe­cial hon­ors 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.

In 1997, Wyn­ton Marsalis be­came the first jazz act to win the Pulitzer Prize for mu­sic.


File photo shows Ken­drick La­mar re­ceiv­ing a Grammy award for the Best Rap Al­bum for ‘DAMN’ dur­ing the awards show in New York.

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