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,” according to the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Released on April 14, 2017, “Damn” was described by the Pulitzer committee 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.”
Twitter users exploded with excitement at the announcement of Lamar’s win:
YO! The music prize though. What an inspired choice.— roxane gay (@rgay) April 16, 2018
can kendrick get the PEGOT— Steve Kandell (@SteveKandell) April 16, 2018
KENDRICK LAMAR WON A DAMN PULITZER. LEGEND. THE LITERARY GENIUS OF KENDRICK LAMAR STRIKES AGAIN!!!!— REEsus Christ Superstar (@ReeAmilcarScott) April 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer. I live and love and die. #PulitzerPrize— Rebecca Shuri She Ready Carroll (@rebel19) April 16, 2018
Beyoncé had Coachella renamed after her, Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize, & Black Panther has made more money than Titanic.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) April 16, 2018
Black history month is every month, every day, every year, all the time.
KUNG FU FUCKING KENNY— Kima Jones (@kima_jones) April 16, 2018
and then kendrick— rachel syme (@rachsyme) April 16, 2018
a good day at the ole pulitzers
“Damn” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last year and spent four nonconsecutive weeks atop the list, according to Billboard.
The critically acclaimed album was also Lamar’s third million-selling set in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, 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 Stone’s best albums of 2017 and won the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2018.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.