Aretha Franklin Receives ‘Special Citation’ Pulitzer Prize
Aretha Franklin was the "Queen of Soul". Now she's also a "Pulitzer Prize" winner.
Even though she's been gone for months, the honors continue to be heaped upon the late Aretha Franklin. The latest, a "special citation" Pulitzer Prize "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades," according to a release,, quoted by CNN. . It's first awarded to a woman, and the first awarded to anyone in almost ten years. Past winner of the special citation include Bob Dylan and Hank Williams.
Franklin's career accomplishments saw her voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died of pancreatic cancer in August of 2018.
The Pulitzer Prize website maybe summed it up best:
The recipient of the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, an eighteen (and counting) GRAMMY Award winner – the most recent of which was for Best Gospel Performance for “Never Gonna Break My Faith” with Mary J. Blige in 2008 – a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement and GRAMMY Living Legend awardee, Aretha Franklin’s powerful, distinctive gospel-honed vocal style has influenced countless singers across multi-generations, justifiably earning her Rolling Stone magazine’s No. 1 placing on the list of “The Greatest Singers Of All Time.”