Kendrick Lamar Accepts Pulitzer Prize Award In NYC

Kendrick Lamar accepted the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 album “DAMN.” in a ceremony at Columbia University in New York City on Wednesday. 

The 30-year-old Compton native received a standing ovation as he was called to the stage to receive the prize for distinguished musical composition, the first the Pulitzer board has given to a non-jazz or classical artist since the awards’ inception in 1943. 

In introducing Lamar, the presenter called the record a “virtuosic song collection, unified by its vernacular authenticity” that exhibits poignant vignettes “capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

 

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