The Week in Pop Culture (4/15/18-4/21/18)

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Another week, another series of developments in the world of pop culture.

Pulitzer Prize History

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Kendrick Lamar has won the music Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album, Damn. As the first rapper to win an award that has historically overlooked the hip hop genre, Lamar has made history. After having missed out on Album of the Year at the Grammy’s for his last three albums, this will certainly be a sweet victory for the Compton-born rapper. Lamar is often considered the best in the game thanks to his honest lyrics and modern sound mixed with African and jazz influences. It seems as though this honor seals the deal for him.

Beyoncé at Coachella

(From left to right) Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, and Kelly Rowland perform hits including “Soldier” and “Say My Name” during their reunion at Coachella. Photo from ABC News.

It’s mid-April, so you know what that means! It’s time for people to break out their flower crowns and hippie clothes, and pretend they know songs by Indie artists. In other words, it’s Coachella! Weekend One did not disappoint; the fashion was in full force and performances made history. Beyoncé, who became the first black woman to headline the music festival, put on a two hour long set complete with a Destiny’s Child reunion, numerous costume and nail polish changes, and plenty of throwback songs. After canceling her set last year because she was pregnant, her return to “Beychella” was met with excitement by festival-goers and fans alike. Jay Z also made a surprise appearance, giving fans a hint of what their On the Run Tour II will be like this summer. Beyoncé’s performance will certainly be talked about for a long time.

ACM Awards

Jason Aldean winning the coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the 2018 ACM Awards. Photo from Chicago Tribune.

At Sunday’s American Country Music Awards, Carrie Underwood made her return to the public eye for the first time since her reported accident. In January, she had revealed that a fall at her home resulted in a broken wrist and the need for almost 50 stitches. The country singer remained reclusive during her recovery process, but was back onstage on Sunday for a performance of her new song “Cry Pretty.” However, the highlight of the evening was Jason Aldean’s Entertainer of the Year win, marking his first time in Las Vegas since a gunman killed 58 people at his concert in October. He reflected on the horrific shooting, saying, “You guys are in our hearts always. We love Las Vegas. Vegas strong.” The show also opened with a star-studded tribute to the victims and everyone involved in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

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