Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize — one of the top American awards in the fields of journalism, music, literature, and theater. The Pulitzer Committee recognized Lamar's album DAMN., which was released in April 2017. In it, Lamar speaks on acute social issues, especially those concerned with the lives of African Americans. The album, which features songs like "Humble" and "Loyalty," received heavy critical acclaim, securing Best Album at the 2017 BET Awards and Best Rap Album at the 2017 Grammys.
Lamar is the first rapper to receive the Pulitzer Prize.