It’s been a big year for Kendrick Lamar. The rapper kicked off 2018 by producing the soundtrack for Black Panther. And in February, his latest album, DAMN., went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Now, he has one more accolade under his belt. On April 16th, Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize (yes, we’re squealing, too). And so far, Lamar’s public reaction to the huge honor has been understated.
After losing Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammys, Lamar’s DAMN. was honored with the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music yesterday. And his win is historic: Before, only jazz and classical musicians had received the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The Pulitzer committee described the album as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
Despite this high-profile and historic honor, Lamar has been mostly quiet about his win on social media. He didn’t share any posts about the honor on Twitter, and his official Facebook page shared the announcement with a simple caption that read “#DAMN. #TDE Pulitzer Prizes.”
Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar’s record label, celebrated the victory by tweeting the lyrics to one of Lamar’s songs, “The Heart, Pt. 3 (Will You Let it Die).”
Fans were ecstatic to see Lamar’s name on the list of Pulitzer winners.
Some celebrated the significance of Lamar’s win for the black community.
Lamar’s reaction to his Pulitzer Prize win may have been understated, but this is a monumental victory. Congratulations to Lamar and his recording team. DAMN!