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The American rapper and Kendrick Lamar has become the first non- or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. The annual award is given to musicians who have created a " musical composition". Lamar won it for his "DAMN". The 30-year-old Lamar wrote and rapped about the of life as a black man in the USA. He wrote songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry". These have become very well known the police of many black people in America. The Pulitzer board said the album was a "virtuosic song " that captured "the modern African-American life". Mr Lamar has not commented on his award.

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for in journalism, , and musical composition. It started in 1917 to honour reporting. The first prize for musical composition was awarded in 1943. Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win the award and the most successful musician to receive it. The prize is given to classical . The Pulitzer committee said: "We are very of this selection. It means that...the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize." It added: "It shines a on hip-hop in a completely different way." Sky news said: "Lamar has won...for his lyrical content...and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African ."

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