Kendrick Lamar Makes History With Pulitzer Prize Win

Established in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize celebrates achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. 20 of the 21 category winners receive a certificate and a U.S. $15,000 cash award, while the winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

The 2018 winners were just announced and Kendrick Lamar was among them. The 30-year-old rapper received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album Damn. He’s the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the category. Damn has been certified double platinum and won Best Rap Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Another notable winner was Andrew Sean Greer. He took the big prize in Fiction for his comic queer novel Less. Check out all the winners below.

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Letters and Drama

Fiction: Andrew Sean Greer, Less

Drama: Martyna Majok, Cost of Living

History: Jack E. Davis, The Gulf

Biography or Autobiography: Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires

Poetry: Frank Bidart, Half-light

General Non-Fiction: James Forman Jr., Locking Up Our Own

Music: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.


Public Service: The New York Times and The New Yorker for stories on sexual misconduct towards women

Breaking News Reporting: The Press Democrat

Investigative Reporting: The Washington Post

Explanatory Reporting: The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network

Local Reporting: The Cincinnati Enquirer

National Reporting: The Washington Post and The New York Times

International Reporting: Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall, and Manuel Mogato, Reuters

Feature Writing: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, GQ Magazine

Commentary: John Archibald, Alabama Media Group

Criticism: Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine

Editorial Writing: Andie Dominick, The Des Moines Register

Editorial Cartooning: Jake Halpern and Michael Sloane, The New York Times

Breaking News Photography: Ryan Kelly, The Daily Progress

Feature Photography: Reuters photography staff