Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 studio album DAMN.

Lamar's honour marks the first time in the history of the Pulitzer Prize that a non-classical or non-jazz artist has won, with the rapper praised for his "vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism."

The Pulitzer Prize described DAMN. which was released on April 14, 2017 as, "virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."

Kendrick Lamar was a big winner at this year's Grammys

DAMN., Lamar's fourth studio album, features 14 songs including the hit single HUMBLE and a collaboration with U2 entitled XXX.

Named Best Rap Album at this year's Grammy Awards, DAMN. was also nominated for Album of the Year at the ceremony, losing out to Bruno Mars for 24K Magic

Having played to a sold-out crowd at Dublin's 3Arena in February, Lamar is set to return to Ireland in September as a headliner for Electric Picnic.

Electric Picnic takes place at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois from August 31 to September 3.