All hail King Kenny: Kendrick Lamar wins the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN.’

Kendrick Lamar wins the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN.’

He’s the first non-jazz or classical act to win the prestigious award.

Last night, Kendrick Lamar became the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the legendary Pulitzer Prize, picking up the 2018 award for last year’s masterpiece ‘DAMN.’

The prize’s administrator Dana Canedy described ‘DAMN.’ as containing “affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

In our five-star review of the record, we said: “The record sees Kendrick fighting against anxiety and expectation, and the result of these inner struggles is simply stunning. From opener ‘BLOOD.’ sampling a Fox News broadcast which criticises ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ track ‘Alright’ and its damning of police brutality in the US - the organisation crops up consistently throughout ‘DAMN.’ - there’s plenty of references to Kendrick’s last album and its vital political conscience, but the majority of the record looks inward, and onto topics of Kendrick’s family, his god, and his relationships.”

Kendrick recently brought The ‘DAMN.’ Tour to the UK, playing two nights at London’s O2 Arena as part of a nationwide tour. Revisit our review of the first O2 Arena show here, and watch the Pulitzer Prize announcement below.

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