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Aretha Franklin awarded special posthumous Pulitzer Prize

Posted: 7:49 AM, Apr 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-16 10:49:25-04
Aretha Franklin awarded special posthumous Pulitzer Prize

The Queen of Soul has been awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.

The awards were given out Monday. In awarding Franklin a Special Award and Citation, the Pulitzer committee said it was "For her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades."

Franklin died in August 2018 of pancreatic cancer.

Franklin is the 12th musician, and first solo female singer, to receive a special citation prize, which was first awarded in 1930. Past winners have included Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and John Coltrane.