As if Beyonce’s weekend Coachella performance (perfectly deemed “Beychella”) wasn’t enough Black excellence for the week, Kendrick Lamar was announced Monday around 3:10pm as a Pulitzer Prize winner for his album, DAMN.
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018
This announcement comes after only a few months from Kendrick not winning a Grammy for the same album in 2018, his third time album nominated that didn’t take home the coveted award.
But, now with Kendrick’s fourth LP being awarded the 2018 Pulitizer Prize in Music it is clear that the universe had bigger plans hiding in the master plan. Grammy who? Grammy what? Nah, y’all can keep that. We’ve got bigger fish. (What we imagine the universe saying).
According to the administer of the award, Dana Canedy, the decision was unanimous.
“We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”
The board called the album “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzer Prize decided to include music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.