Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer music prize

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, changing into the first non-classical or jazz artist to amass the award.

The 30-Three hundred and sixty five days-fresh Californian won the prize for his album Damn launched in April 2017.

Organisers said it supplied “affecting vignettes shooting the complexity of contemporary African-American life”.

It follows the five Grammy awards won by Lamar in January for the similar album.

Matthew Trammell of Pitchfork said of Damn: “Storytelling has been Lamar’s greatest skill and most predominant mission, to study into (a complete bunch) words what it is love to develop up as he did – to speak, in human phrases, the intimate specifics of on a regular basis self-defense from your atmosphere. One arrangement or the other, he’s gotten higher.”

Guardian music editor Ben Beaumont-Thomas tweeted in response to the Pulitzer:

Besides to being a serious success, Damn went platinum within the US right a month a month after its beginning. It has now sold higher than a million copies and when streaming is incorporated that figure rises to about a.1 million similar gross sales.

Previous Pulitzer music winners embody jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.

The Pulitzer prize is most attention-grabbing known for recognising US journalism, but it moreover offers awards for books, poetry and music.

The plenty of two finalists within the music category bear been Quartet, a piece for string quartet by Michael Gilbertson; and Sound from the Bench, by Ted Hearne.

Sound from the Bench is described as a “five-trail cantata for chamber choir, electric guitar and percussion that raises indirect questions about the crosscurrents of vitality through excerpts from sources as diverse as Supreme Court rulings and ventriloquism textbooks”.

The lead single from Damn became the tune Humble:

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