Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer prize as Weinstein reporting also honoured

Carla Harmon
April 17, 2018

Kendrick Lamar has officially won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his most recent album DAMN. He is the first nonclassical or jazz artist to win the award.

The board announced the news today (April 16) that the Top Dawg Entertainment LP achieved the honor in "Music Composition".

The board called it "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".

Reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey shared the Times honor for their report on Weinstein, which triggered a series of similar allegations against influential men in politics, journalism and show business and gave rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have encouraged victims to come forward.

Archibald was recognized for his "lyrical and courageous commentary" and the Post won for investigative reporting for stories revealing allegations that Moore pursued teenage girls sexually decades ago while he was in his 30s in Gadsden.


The New York Times and the Washington Post shared the honor for national reporting for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election.

A string of stories in the two newspapers shined light on connections between Russian officials and Mr Trump's 2016 campaign.

The Republican president calls the investigation a "witch hunt".

Weinstein's wife left him and police opened criminal investigations in London, Los Angeles and NY.

The movie producer's lawyers have said he denies non-consensual sexual contact with anyone.


Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters won the global reporting award for their coverage of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on drugs, and the news agency's photographers received the feature photography prize for their images of the plight of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar.

The stories' impact soon spread beyond Weinstein to allegations against other prominent men.

Freelance writer Jake Halpern and freelance cartoonist Michael Sloan were awarded the editorial cartooning prize for a graphic narrative in The New York Times about a family of refugees fearing deportation. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.

Prizes were also awarded for fiction, nonfiction, drama, history, biography, poetry and music.


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