Lamar's "DAMN" was announced as the recipient of the prestigious award on Monday, a history-making first for a rap artiste, as the music award is typically given to classical or jazz works, reported cnn.com.
It is the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award.
Lamar's politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise. "DAMN" picked up best rap album at the award show, and his song "Humble" also picked up Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Music Video.
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