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Pulitzer judges upended decades of tradition by awarding its music prize to Kendrick Lamar for his rap album "DAMN," Monday. A sharp departure from the classical and jazz works the body have consistently favored, the decision quickly overshadowed other arts winners, including Andrew Sean Greer's win in the fiction category.It didn't receive the same attention as Jesmyn Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing," winner of the National Book Award or George Saunders' "Lincoln in the Bardo," but it was widely praised as poignant and funny.Caroline Fraser's work on author Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Prairie Fires," won for biography.Frank Bidart's "Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016," winner of a National Book Award last fall, received the Pulitzer for poetry.Lamar hardly needed the help, but Pulitzers often boost sales for winning authors, playwrights and musicians and ensure attention for future works.
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