Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize for music

Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein dominated the news cycle and the Pulitzers. Stephen Lovekin  Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein dominated the news cycle and the Pulitzers. Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for The Weinstein Company

Hearne praised the decision to award the Pulitzer to Lamar, calling him "one of the greatest living American composers, for sure".

It was the first win for a non-classical or jazz musician since the awards began including music 75 years ago.

In April previous year the Pulitzer prize was awarded to a team of American newspaper New York Times. The investigation led to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian efforts to tip the election in Trump's favour.

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth who released "DAMN" in 2017 has made history as the first rapper to win the prestigious award.

The Pulitzer board rarely awards mainstream music, past year giving the prize to the experimental opera composer Du Yun.

His weighty, dextrous raps are framed by bleeding-edge production, while the single DNA features a sample of Fox News host Geraldo Rivera criticising Lamar's performance at the 2015 BET Awards, which itself criticised police brutality towards African Americans.

"Well if we're considering a piece of music that has hip-hop influences, why aren't we considering hip-hop?" said administrator Dana Cardery.

The Times' rival, the Washington Post, secured two awards.

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Not all of the panellists had heard Damn before their deliberations, said Hajdu, "but we listened to it and there was zero dissent".

John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group for his columns that called out hypocrisy, corrupt politicians and championed the rights of women.

He was one of several regional journalists and newspapers to be awarded a Pulitzer.

Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Press-Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Presidential politics figured in the prizes for explanatory reporting, given to The Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network.

A Cincinnati newspaper's weeklong examination of the many ways the heroin crisis is impacting its community won the Pulitzer for local reporting. He also received a $15,000 prize.

They won the award in the category of Breaking News. This is no small feat for such prodigious acknowledgement which has at times been criticized for simply being a "mutual admiration society" and has since been renowned globally for acknowledging significant contributions to American arts and letters in all its categories.

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