The Pulitzers were once so restrictive that an advisory board rejected giving a prize to Duke Ellington.
The Times' rival, the Washington Post, secured two awards.
The names of the candidates for the award (15 thousand dollars), according to the rules of the award will not be known until the announcement of the results.
The Arizona Republic, with the USA Today Network, was awarded the explanatory journalism award for a series on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
For reporting on Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal crackdown on drugs.More news: Ex-FBI chief says Russian may have "kompromat" on Trump
GQ magazine won this year's feature writing prize for a searing profile by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah of Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston in 2015.
For photographs depicting the violence inflicted on the Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar.
The Pulitzer Prize, founded in 1917, first established its music category in 1943.
"Every few years a dominant story - brilliantly handled - emerges as front-runner for the year's top journalism Pulitzer Prize", longtime Pulitzer handicapper Roy J. Harris Jr.More news: Konami announces a new 2D Castlevania game for mobile
His music, with songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry", have become anthems in the wake of high-profile police shootings of minorities as the conversation about race relations dominates news headlines. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.
The 17-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics.
Last year, the Daily News, along with ProPublica, won in the coveted public service category for "uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, a lot of them poor minorities".
Reuters won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for worldwide reporting and photography.
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