Kendrick Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize in music for his album “Damn.” on Wednesday.
Lamar is the first rapper in history to be given the award. Previous recipients included Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Duke Ellington.
Twitter video shows Lamar, 30, receiving a standing ovation before walking up to the stage at Columbia University.
Although he did not deliver a speech he shared his feelings during the award’s Facebook live video stream, according to Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s an honor,” Lamar said. “Been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition is beautiful.”
Lamar was certainly greeted with warm wishes and smiles during the ceremony. He even posed for a selfie with CNN anchor Don Lemon.
“Congratulations @KendrickLamar on your @PulitzerPrizes award,” Lemon captioned the happy photo.
The album was also well-celebrated at this year’s Grammy awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, American Music Awards and more.
Up next, the Pulitzer winner will headline Hot 97’s Summer Jam music festival on June 10.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post.