DAMN, like the earlier To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) and untitled unmastered (2016) topped the United States charts. Lamar's politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise.
Du Yun, who won the music Pulitzer a year ago for her opera "Angel's Bone", said she was thrilled about Lamar's win. Lamar has already received many accolades for the 2017 album, including a Grammy for Best Rap Album.
Reuters' awards included one for worldwide reporting on a brutal campaign cracking down on drugs in the Philippines, and a second for feature photography looking at abuses against the Rohingya minority people in Myanmar. But surprisingly, it could not win the Album of the Year.
In the national reporting category, The New York Times and The Washington Post shared an award for their dogged reporting into the connections between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump, with the publications one-upping each other with scoop after scoop - a newspaper war for the 21st century.
Jack E. Davis' The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea won for history.
Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser. But maybe the most flattering thing about this award for Lamar is it's not just about the hip-hop artist's flair for language, but his ability to express himself through both words and music.
She added: "It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way".
In 2004, then Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler said they would be "broadening the prize a bit" so that it could be awarded to music that did not come from the European classical tradition: it no longer became obligatory for entrants to submit a score.
James Forman Jr.'s Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America won for general non-fiction.