Aretha Franklin Wins Posthumous 2019 Pulitzer Prize

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Aretha Franklin performs at the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California, September 7, 2005. (REUTERS/Chris Pizzello)

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor on Monday, the Pulitzer board announced. Franklin was given the award “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades,” the Pulitzer website states. She became the first individual woman to win the prize since the honor was first given in 1930, The Associated Press reported.

Franklin died at the age of 76-years-old on August 16 in her home in Detroit, Michigan, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The last recipient of the special citation prize went to country music singer Hank Williams in 2010 “for his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major…

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