Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer win hailed as ‘big for music’

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FILE – In this July 7, 2017, file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs during the Festival d’ete de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada.On Monday, April 16, 2018, Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn.” (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – One of the jurors who picked Kendrick Lamar’s album to be a Pulitzer Price finalist says the decision was unanimous and not divisive.

Columbia professor Farah Jasmine Griffin says the five-person jury welcomed the chance to evaluate “DAMN.” and have “a serious conversation about the art.”

The five-member music jury listened to about 180 pieces of music and after deliberating for a few days then submitted to the final board three works – Lamar’s album along with Michael Gilbertson’s “Quartet” and Ted Hearne’s “Sound from the Bench.”

Adding “DAMN.” was a unanimous decision by all five.

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