The judges gave awards to Lin-Manuel Mirandas multiethnic Broadway hit, a Washington Post reporters book on Isis, the APs expos on slavery and more
Hamilton, the Broadway musical that has been a critical and commercial smash hit, has won the Pulitzer prize for drama.
The judges called Lin-Manuel Mirandas play which tells the story of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton and the American revolution in rap using a multiethnic cast a landmark American musical.
We had a very good field in drama this year; there was just one play that really stood out to our board and that was Hamilton, said Mike Pride, the administrator of the fiercely competitive awards for American journalism, letters, drama and music, on Monday afternoon at Columbia Universitys School of Journalism.
Hamilton has been such a cultural phenomena it has been credited with increasing neighborhood house prices, sparking a growing interest in revolutionary history, and preventing the face of its titular founding father from being removed from the $10 bill. The show has made Miranda into a pop icon with both White House and late-night TV show appearances.
Miranda tweeted his excitement shortly after the announcement:
The Sympathizer, the debut novel by author Viet Thanh Nguyen, won the Pulitzer for fiction.
Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick won the general non-fiction prize for his book Black Flags: The Rise of Isis, which shows how the flawed reasoning behind the Iraq war helped Isis grow.
Musician and composer Henry Threadgill won the music prize for his recording In for a Penny, In for a Pound, a work the judges declared a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.
In the journalism prizes, the Associated Press won the gold medal for public service journalism for its investigation of workers kept as slaves, supplying seafood to American supermarkets. As a result of the APs work, more than 2,000 slaves were freed.
Staff at the Washington Post won the national reporting award for its database of police shootings. Florida outlet the Tampa Bay Times won two Pulitzers, for local reporting on failing schools and also for investigative reporting of Florida mental hospitals, a shared Pulitzer with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Last year was the first time magazines were allowed to enter the journalism categories and the New Yorker won two categories this year: Emily Nussbaum for her TV writing and Kathryn Schultz for her feature writing on the Cascadia fault line.
Nearly 3,000 Pulitzer prize entries were received and 21 prizes awarded.