Kendrick Lamar is the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize in music for his album “Damn”. According to the Pulitzer Prize Board, the award is given for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year. The Pulitzer committee described it 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.
According to Billboard, “Damn” is debuted at No.1 on Billboard 200 chart and also spent four weeks at top of the list. Nielsen Music told that it was Lamar’s third million selling album after his 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly” and his 2012 album “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”. Additionally, the album was ranked No.1 on Rolling Stones Best Album of 2017 and won the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2018.