Along with the historic distinction, Lamar will receive $15,000, along with the prize. The special honor has previously gone to artists like Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams.
However, the Compton-born lyricist is now the most commercially successful artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music.
Before accepting the award, the ceremony's presenter praised DAMN. effusively, calling it a "virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life."
The powerful album, released in April 2017, has also received tons of critical acclaim since its release, taking home Album of the Year at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album at the 2017 American Music Awards, and Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards, among numerous other accolades.