His 2017 album, Damn., became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
And on Wednesday, Kendrick Lamar accepted his accolade during a ceremony at Columbia University in New York, New York.
The 30-year-old Compton-born rapper did not comment as he received the award, he simply smiled and shook hands with the presenter as he was given a standing ovation.
Dressed in a silk button-down shirt and white pants, Lamar sat next to his mother during the ceremony.
The presenter said of the rapper’s fourth LP, ‘a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.’
Even though he did not comment or do interviews at the university during the event, he did speak on the Pulitzer’s Facebook Live video: “It’s an honor … I’ve been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition — it’s beautiful.”
Previous recipients of the award include Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Duke Ellington.
Ronan Farrow took a picture with the Humble rapper and also accepted a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
The 30-year-old son of Mia Farrow – who was also in attendance – and Woody Allen won the award for reporting he did for The New Yorker, and shared it with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times.
The University presented the award for, ‘explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women.’
Damn. hit shelves and airwaves on April 14, 2017, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
The album stayed at number one for three consecutive weeks, and was certified triple platinum.
The list of the LP’s accolades is large and includes the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Lamar is currently in the midst of a North American tour and is next set to play June 1 in Bristow, Virginia.
He has 10 more shows scheduled in the month of June, including stops in Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; and Toronto, Ontario.
The concert series is set to wrap on June 16 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Christopher Friedmann