RAP­PER KEN­DRICK LA­MAR WINS PULITZER FOR MU­SIC

The Day - - FRONT PAGE - By JEN­NIFER PELTZ

— 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. The Pulitzer board said Mon­day the al­bum is “a vir­tu­osic song col­lec­tion uni­fied by its ver­nac­u­lar au­then­tic­ity and rhyth­mic dy­namism that of­fers af­fect­ing vignettes cap­tur­ing the com­plex­ity of mod­ern African-Amer­i­can life.” He will win $15,000.

— The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for pub­lic ser­vice Mon­day for break­ing the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal with re­port­ing that gal­va­nized the #MeToo move­ment and set off a world­wide reck­on­ing over sex­ual mis­con­duct in the work­place.

The Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post took the award in the na­tional re­port­ing cat­e­gory for their cov­er­age of Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and con­tacts be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign and Rus­sian of­fi­cials.

The Press Demo­crat of Santa Rosa, Calif., re­ceived the break­ing news re­port­ing award for cov­er­age of the wild­fires that swept through Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try last fall, killing 44 peo­ple and de­stroy­ing thou­sands of homes.

The Wash­ing­ton Post also won the in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing prize for re­veal­ing decades-old al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct against Sen­ate can­di­date Roy Moore of Alabama. The Repub­li­can for­mer judge de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions, but they fig­ured heav­ily in Doug Jones’ vic­tory as the first Demo­crat elected to the Sen­ate from the state in decades.

One of the big­gest sur­prises of the day came in the non-jour­nal­ism cat­e­gories when rap star Ken­drick La­mar was awarded the Pulitzer for mu­sic, be­com­ing the first non-clas­si­cal or non-jazz artist to win the prize.

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

The New York Times won three Pulitzers and The Wash­ing­ton and Reuters re­ceived two apiece.

In an­nounc­ing the jour­nal­ism prizes, Pulitzer ad­min­is­tra­tor Dana Canedy said the win­ners “up­hold the high­est pur­pose of a free and in­de­pen­dent press, even in the most try­ing of times.”

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