On Monday, the Pulitzer board announced the historic news, calling the album a "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".
DAMN. was nominated for multiple Grammys, and took home the Grammy for Best Rap Album.
The Republican president calls the investigation a "witch hunt".
The New York Times and The New Yorker were also awarded prizes for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein that put the #MeToo movement in the national spotlight.
The New York Times and the New Yorker won the public service prize for sexual misconduct reporting that galvanized the #MeToo movement.
- Breaking News Reporting: The Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif., for coverage of wildfires that hit the city and Sonoma County. The movie producer's attorneys have said he denies any non-consensual sexual contact with anyone.
"We are so proud of the work of the USA TODAY NETWORK's journalists and honored by the Pulitzer Board's recognition of their incredible feats of journalism in 2017", said Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president, USA TODAY NETWORK and publisher, USA TODAY.
In other categories, the Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won the explanatory reporting prize for a multi-format look at the challenges and consequences of building the Mexican border wall that was a centerpiece of Trump's campaign.
Freelance writer Jake Halpern and freelance cartoonist Michael Sloan were awarded the editorial cartooning prize for a graphic narrative in The New York Times about a family of refugees fearing deportation. This is the 102nd year of the contest, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. That year, two daughters of abolitionist Julia Ward Howe won for a biography of their mother - at a time when women couldn't vote and the literary world was dominated by men.