The New York Times received three awards in all, including the prize for editorial cartooning - a first for the paper - for a series that chronicled a Syrian refugee family's entry into the US.
In a historic moment, the Pulitzer Prize for Music was awarded this year to Damn by Kendrick Lamar. He described the prize as an "incredible honor" and said he was proud of the work "we all did at The Daily Progress". David Hajdu, one of the music jurors this year and a critic for The Nation spoke to the leading worldwide publishing house and said, "The group considered more than 100 compositions, including some pieces of classical music that drew upon hip-hop as a resource leading to a philosophical discussion among the jurors about what could be considered".
In announcing the journalism prizes, Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy said the winners "uphold the highest objective of a free and independent press, even in the most trying of times".
Lamar's fourth album deals with religion, love, personal struggles and racial politics.
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Here take a look at this year Pulitzer Prize winners.
The winners of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts were announced Monday at New York's Columbia University.
Reuters' President and Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler speaks to newsroom staff after the global news agency won two Pulitzer prizes, in New York City, New York.
The Pulitzer board cited revelations in The New York Times about the Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, whose history of settlements over harassment allegations had done little to affect his career as the king of cable news.
Fiction: Less, Andrew Sean Greer. DAMN was released on 14 April 2017, and just a few days after its first anniversary has been honoured 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'.