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

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

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