There's officially no need for Kendrick Lamar to be humble anymore.
On Monday, Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer for music for his latest album, Damn. The Pulitzer committee hailedDamn as a collection of songs that capture "the complexity of modern African-American life" with " vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism." Lamar's fourth studio album beat out two other collections on the shortlist: a traditional string quartet, and an album that apparently pulled excerpts from ventriloquism textbooks.
Damn also won the Grammy for Best Rap Album this year, but the Compton rapper has oddly never won in any of the major, non-rap categories at the Grammys, as HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen noted. See the full list of Pulitzer prize winners and finalists here. Mary Catalfamo
Accomplished ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek hiked all 2,168.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail in record time, finishing in Maine on Sunday, National Geographic reports. His time of 46 days, 8 hours, and 20 minutes eclipsed Jennifer Pharr Davis' 2011 record by about three hours.
The record-breaking hike is just one of his many incredible feats. He won the notoriously grueling 100-mile Western States Endurance Run seven times in a row and holds the record for most miles run in a 24-hour period. He is also featured in Christopher McDougall's best-selling book Born to Run. Jurek, 41, plans to retire soon. Yeah, he's probably earned it. Julie Kliegman