Aretha Franklin wins posthumous Pulitzer Prize

April 15, 2019, 3:54 PM

Aretha Franklin at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Aretha Franklin has posthumously received the special citation Pulitzer Prize, becoming the first individual woman to win the honor awarded to music greats including Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan and John Coltrane.

The Pulitzer board last awarded the prize to Hank Williams in 2010. It was first awarded in 1930.

The iconic Queen of Soul, who died last year, recorded dozens of hit songs throughout her career, 20 of whiched reached No. 1 on the music charts. In addition to the Pulitzer honor, Franklin has won 18 Grammys and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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