Kendrick Lamar Makes History with Pulitzer Prize Win!

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The most famous names of American journalism were honoured on Monday with Pulitzer prizes for investigating Donald Trump and exposing endemic sexual harassment in Hollywood.

Dana Canedy, the Pulitzer administrator, said their work "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 Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California, won the breaking news award for coverage of the wildfires that swept through California's wine country last autumn.

In addition to topping many year-end best lists (including ours), DAMN. was awarded five Grammys, though it lost out on album of the year to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic. In a text Monday, Kelly described the prize as an "incredible honor" but added: "Mostly I'm still heartbroken for Heather Heyer's family and everybody else who was affected by that tragic violence".

But in a year when the media has been galvanised by digging into Trump's chaotic presidency, Lamar's award for his album Damn also stood out as the rapper from Compton, California, became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer in music.

The Pulitzers, administered by Columbia University, are annual awards for newspaper, magazine and digital news coverage.

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Andrew Sean Greer's "Less" has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

The Reuters photography staff also won the breaking news photography award in 2016 for photos of Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe.

The Pulitzer board called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

Lamar's politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise. Then the Pulitzer board meets in secret to determine the winners. The paper deployed more than four dozen reporters and photographers for an intense dive into the drug's toll over one week.

The first journalism prizes were awarded in 1917, including one to the New York Tribune for an editorial on the first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.

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