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Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is one of the top awards for journalism and arts in the United States.

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced earlier this week. Kendrick Lamar is the first musician who is not a classical or jazz artist to win the award. He won $15,000.

Lamar earned the Pulitzer for his fourth studio album “DAMN.” Judges said the album shows Lamar is an expert in music, rhythm, storytelling, and the complexity of modern African-American life.

Lamar is an unusual winner because he is a popular artist and well known to many Americans. No African American took home an award until 1996. Kendrick Lamar has already won 12 Grammy Awards from the music industry.

"DAMN." was nominated for album of the year at the Grammys but failed to capture the prize. It did win best rap album, however.

This summer Kendrick Lamar performs at Pukkelpop in Kiewit, Hasselt.

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