There are so many awards shows dedicated to the outstanding achievements that musicians bring to life on a yearly basis. It’s a dream for many to win a Grammy Award but for a select few of the most talented artists in the world, you may get to walk away with a Pulitzer Prize when it’s all said and done. Last year, Kendrick Lamar became the first hip-hop act to win a Pulitzer, making history and cementing his legacy. This year, the late Aretha Franklin is being honoured for all that she has contributed to the arts, winning a Pulitzer posthumously this week.
As reported by CNN, Aretha Franklin is officially a Pulitzer Prize winner. The legendary singer, who passed away in the summer, was awarded a special prize yesterday “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” The win marks a momentous occasion as Aretha becomes the first woman to be awarded a special citation prize. Past winners include John Coltrane, Hank Williams, and others.
The Queen of Soul has served as an inspiration to so many of the finest artists in the world. She will always be remembered and her music will live on forever. Congratulations to Aretha Franklin.