But with the Pulitzer Prize in Music for 2018 being given to the Compton rapper for his 2017 album DAMN. She adds that K. Dot was unaware that he was even being considered for a Pulitzer Prize, making his victory a "complete surprise". The prize is given "for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year", according to a release from The Pulitzer Prizes.
Thanks to the success of the album, Lamar was able to win several awards, including Album of the Year at the 2017 Bet Hip-Hop Awards and Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
The commentary award went to John Archibald of Alabama Media Group in Birmingham, Alabama, for pieces on politics, women's rights and other topics.
Hip-hop also has been recognized by the Pulitzer board in the drama category with "Hamilton" - Lin-Manuel Miranda's modern retelling of America's founding fathers - winning in 2016.
Also nominated as finalists: "Quartet", by Michael Gilbertson and "Sound from the Bench", by Ted Hearne. "I want them to say, 'This is somebody who's recognising his true feelings ... and views on the world, all on one record.' I want people to recognise that and to take it and apply it to their own lives", he said in an interview past year. When someone mentioned Mr. Lamar's DAMN there was quite a lot of enthusiasm for it.
"But we listened to it and there was zero dissent", Hajdu said.
The Guardian - The most famous names of American journalism were honoured on Monday with Pulitzer prizes for investigating Donald Trump and exposing endemic sexual harassment in Hollywood.
"The work that's on that album is every bit as sophisticated and experimental as any music", he said in a telephone interview. He is the first non-classic musician to be conferred with this honour.
The New York Times received an award for Public Service, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey.
The news of the 2018 Pulitzer's victor sent a jolt across the classical music world as they still struggle to be heard, compete against the popular genre and this time avant-garde non-jazz and non-classical music washed them away. In 1965, the Pulitzer jurors recommended awarding a special citation to Duke Ellington, but were rejected.