Today, the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. Composer and sound artist Ellen Reid has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. She is being honored for her opera p r i s m. Watch an interview with Reid about the project below. The late Aretha Franklin was also awarded a “Special Citation” during the ceremony.
Last year, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music was awarded to Kendrick Lamar for his album DAMN. His win marked the first time a non-jazz or classical artist won the award.
“[When I heard I got it], I thought, to be recognized in an academic world… whoa, this thing really can take me above and beyond,” Kendrick said in a 2018 interview. “It’s one of those things that should have happened with hip-hop a long time ago.”
Read “With Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Win, The World May Finally Be Catching Up to Rap” on the Pitch, and read Pitchfork’s feature “How Aretha Franklin Earned Her Crown As the Queen of Soul.”