Aretha Franklin received a special citation Pulitzer Prize. The posthumous honor was given to The Queen Of Soul, “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.”
Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded each year since 1917. The prestigious honors recognize excellence in the fields of Journalism and Letters, Drama & Music as well as Special Citations. The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland was also given a special citation Pulitzer Prize, “for their courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history in their newsroom on June 28, 2018, and for demonstrating unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief.” This year marks the first special citation Pulitzer Prizes awarded since 2010.
Franklin, who died on August 16, 2018 at the age of 76, was a member of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 15, 2019