Watch Kendrick Lamar Accept His Historic Pulitzer Prize
(AllHipHop News) Rapper Kendrick Lamar quietly accepted his 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music at a luncheon in New York earlier this week.
On Wednesday, rapper received the trophy for his 2017 album DAMN. and made history as the first hip-hop artist to collect the honor.
When it came time to receive the accolade, the star took his award with grace and little fanfare.
Kendrick, who attended a luncheon at Columbia University with several other Pulitzer Prize winners and their guests, didn't make a comment at all when he was actually handed the prize.
He spoke out about his award later, in a live video posted on the Pulitzer Prize Facebook profile.
"It’s an honor...," Kendrick said. "I've been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition, it’s beautiful."
Although calm Kendrick tried to keep it low-key at the event, other attendees swarmed around him asking for selfie pictures, with countless people, including CNN journalist Don Lemon and New Yorker editor David Remnick, coming up to his table for photos.
Journalist Ronan Farrow, who also received a Pulitzer for his reporting work, couldn't resist snapping a picture with Kendrick either, bringing his mom Mia Farrow along for a three-person selfie with the hip-hop superstar.
DAMN. is the first album outside of the jazz and classical music genres to have been awarded a Pulitzer since the prize was launched 75 years ago.