Sydney Morning Herald reports the Pulitzer board has previously awarded special honours to Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a popular figure like Lamar has never won the prize for music.
One of the most commercial musicians - Kendrick Lamar just created history by becoming the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. He described the prize as an "incredible honor" and said he was proud of the work "we all did at The Daily Progress".
She added: "It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way".
DAMN. itself is - particularly when considered next to the looser, jazz-rooted musicality of Lamar's album To Pimp A Butterfly from 2015 - a thoroughly modern document of hip-hop's present and near future, in both sound and narrative scope.
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Members of the music prize jury included Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English, comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University, David Hadju, music critic for The Nation and violinist Regina Carter.
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He boosted his stock at the combine by beating every other offensive lineman in the bench press, putting up 37 reps at 225 pounds. He consoled himself after the embarrassment, vowed to improve and has never stopped fulfilling that goal nine years later.
Public Service: The New York Times, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow.
While Lamar himself has yet to respond to the win, journalist Dana Cenedy, who made the announcement, was delighted to know that Lamar won the award.
Photographer Ryan Kelly, of the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia, won the breaking news photography award for capturing the moment a auto struck demonstrators during a clash between white supremacists and their opponents.
Here's a look at all the Pulitzer prizes that were awarded this year.
Also nominated as finalists: Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times for a series on climate change, and the staff of ProPublica for its reporting on the United States' high rate of maternal deaths and why many of them are preventable.
For a text-cum-video narrative documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati's heroin epidemic.
Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register for editorials on damaging consequences of the state's privatization of Medicaid.