King Kendrick! On Wednesday, Kendrick Lamar solidified his place in music history when he accepted the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 album, DAMN., at Columbia University in NYC. The prestigious acclaim made the 30-year-old rapper the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honour.
Kendrick, who took home best rap album at this year's Grammy Awards, didn't give an acceptance speech but did make a brief statement on the Pulitzer Facebook live video stream. "It's an honour . . . I've been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition — it's beautiful," he said.
During the ceremony, Kendrick's fourth LP was described as a "virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life." Watch the video below to witness the moment Kendrick made hip-hop fans across the globe proud.
LIVE from Columbia University in the City of New York! The awards ceremony is starting now.
Posted by Pulitzer Prizes on Wednesday, May 30, 2018