Rapper Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has been named critics’ best album of the year in a new BBC poll.
The Grammy-nominated release beats Australian singer Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit to the end-of-year title.
Folk star Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear places third, while Jamie xx’s In Colour and rockers Tame Impala’s Currents round out the top five.
Interestingly, Adele’s 25, the best-selling album of the year, only makes it to number 12.
The results are collated from 20 Album of the Year surveys published by industry experts at publications like Billboard, Rolling Stone, and the NME.
Kendrick has recently spoken about how he is coping with tremendous success, noting fame is a challenge for him to get a handle on.
“I know I’m chosen,” he told XXL magazine’s winter issue. “I know I’m a favourite. I know in my heart there’s a whole other energy and leadership side of me that I have probably run from my whole life. How much power do I want? How much can I handle? That’s the question I keep asking myself.
“I get confused because people are championing me to be that vocal point and it’s a challenge for me to be that because I have some fear of that type of power.”
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