The Pulitzer board has awarded special honours to Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a popular figure like Lamar has never won the prize for music.
In an interview with Billboard, Dana Canedy, the Pulitzer Prize Administrator, explained that to determine a victor, the jury has to make a recommendation, which will be considered by the board.
"The time was right", Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced.
In late January, the Compton, California, rapper Kendrick Lamar lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Bruno Mars. Lamer's album DAMN which was globally appreciated and applauded is a combination of rap, expensive beats, furious rhythms that tells about the complexities of African-American lives.
A University of Florida History Professor is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize victor.
The Washington Post received the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for its reporting about U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album.
The Pulitzer board called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.
In the artistic categories, the award for fiction went to "Less", by Andrew Sean Greer, a globe-trotting chronicle of an aging novelist confronting middle age, career disappointments and travails in love.
The Pulitzers, American journalism's most prestigious awards, reflected a year of unrelenting news and unprecedented challenges for US media, as Trump repeatedly branded reporting "fake news" and called journalists "the enemy of the people". The best biography was found to be Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. "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 claims of coercion, brutality and victim-silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women". The two publications were jointly awarded the Pulitzer prize for public service for their work investigating and covering the Harvey Weinstein scandal.