Aretha Franklin wins Pulitzer Prize for her contributions to music and culture, makes history

  /  04.16.2019

The legendary Aretha Franklin has been posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her contributors to music and culture.

According to USA TODAY, the Queen of Soul was honored with the special Pulitzer Prize on Monday (April 15) at the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes for Arts, Drama and Music. Franklin’s five decades worth of achievements was reportedly listed as the reason for her special citation.

Franklin also made history becoming the first individual woman to receive the award following citations given to jazz composer John Coltrane, musician Bob Dylan, and country music legend Hank Williams in 2007, 2008, and 2010, respectively.

“Congratulations to Aretha Franklin and her family and friends,” The Pulitzer Prizes wrote on its official Twitter account, adding the hashtags #QueenOfSoul and #Respect after her 1967 hit song of the same name.

Franklin died at her home in Detroit in Aug 2018 from complications with pancreatic cancer. The iconic singer was 76 years old. Her memorial service was attended by former President Bill Clinton, as well as her musician peers including Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Ronald Isley, and Chaka Khan.

Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson also attended and performed at the homegoing ceremony, with the latter attached to star in the upcoming biopic about Franklin’s life. “I don’t even know what to say …. look at God!” Hudson wrote on Instagram at the time of the announcement. “[You] have no idea how humbled I am!” the Oscar-winner added.

Hudson will have pretty big shoes to fill when she takes on the role in the yet to be titled film. During her lifetime, Franklin won 18 Grammys, was rewarded the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama and sold millions of albums. Franklin is consistently ranked as the best singer of all time by lauded critics. Rolling Stone listed her as the No. 1 singer on its list of 100 greatest singers.

Congrats to Franklin and her family on yet another major feat that solidifies her legacy.

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