Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar's masterful fourth studio album, DAMN. lost the 'Album of the Year' Grammy to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic — a move which further proved The Recording Academy's clear disdain for hip-hop.
Well, if that egregious loss — the third in a row for the acclaimed rapper — stung him as much as it did us, then he should be soothed by the history-making feat the LP just pulled off: winning the Pulitzer Prize for music.
Established in 1917, The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the U.S. Prizes are awarded yearly in 21 categories, with winners in 20 of the categories receiving $15,000.
Kendrick Lamar's unexpected win not only makes him the first rapper to nab the award since the Pulitzers expanded to include music over seven decades ago, but it also makes him the first-ever winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.
The acclaimed album was described by The Pulitzer Prize as:
"A virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."
While a few haters have decried the honour going to a hip-hop artist, Ted Hearne — one of the finalists for the prize — praised the decision during an interview with The New York Times, saying: "The work that’s on that album is every bit as sophisticated and experimental as any music."
So, anyone who disagrees can stay pressed.