The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don't live on the pop charts.
Kendrick's album is described by Pulitzer board members as "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".
Other Pulitzer winners this year included The New York Times and The New Yorker for their journalism, breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal and kicking off the #MeToo movement and Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr., in general non-fiction writing. The ties fuelled special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian attempts to influence the presidential election. The winners were the reporters of the Press Democrat, a newspaper in Santa Rosa, California, for their coverage of the state's deadly wildfires. The movie producer's attorneys have said he denies any non-consensual sexual contact with anyone.
The 2017 Pulitzer Prize for music went to "Angel's Bone", an opera by composer Du Yun. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.
Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer over co-finalists Michael Gilbertson and his string Quartet and Ted Hearne's cantata Sound from the Bench. That year, two daughters of abolitionist Julia Ward Howe won for a biography of their mother - at a time when women couldn't vote and the literary world was dominated by men.
American woman wins Boston Marathon, first in 33 years
Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other USA men. When the national anthem played after she won, Linden said she mentally replayed the scenario when she was just six miles in.
Miranda Lambert talks 'broken heart' at ACM Awards
The couple had been dating since 2015, following the country crooner's split from ex-husband Blake Shelton earlier that year. She then passed the microphone to her "good friends of Texas" Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, with whom she co-wrote "Tin Man".
Korean Air suspends executive over 'water rage' at meeting
The airline said on Monday she had thrown a cup of water on the floor, but not at anyone's face, Reuters news agency reports. Cho Hyun-min, 36, a senior vice-president at the company, has apologised and called her behaviour "foolish and reckless".