The New York Times and New Yorker were jointly awarded the Pulitzer prize for public service on Monday for investigating accusations of sexual harassment and assault made against Harvey Weinstein.

The New York Times also shared the national reporting Pulitzer with Washington Post for the coverage of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. The New York Times won a third award, this time for the editorial cartooning done for a series featuring a real-life family of refugees in the US.

30-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for music for his album “Damn” in a category long reserved for classical works. He is the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer in music and his album is the first piece of popular music to receive the music award since it was introduced in 1943.

The music award was announced at the Pulitzer prize ceremony on Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy, before announcing the award, explained why these works were selected: “Their work is real news of the highest order, executed nobly as journalism was always intended, without fear or favor.” Regarding Lamar’s award, she added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”

Lamar’s “Damn,” which featured Rihanna and U2, topped the charts and was among last year’s most-streamed albums.

SOURCE : TheGuardian