Aretha Franklin continues to break records even in the afterlife, as the Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation on Monday for “her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades,” according to a statement from the Pulitzer board.
The honor makes Franklin the first individual woman to earn the special recognition since it was first awarded in 1930. The announcement comes eight months after the iconic singer died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.
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The Pulitzer board also honored the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, with a special citation after the journalists remained vigilant during and after the horrific shooting in their newsroom claimed the lives of five colleagues, while injuring two, on June 28, 2018.
Past recipients of the citation include Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin, Ray Bradbury, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, Scott Joplin, Roger Sessions, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II.
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“Aretha is blessed and highly favored even in death. She’s continued to receive multiple awards — she’s received almost every award imaginable and now to get the Pulitzer Prize, it’s just amazing,” Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and the executor of her estate, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. “Aretha continues to bless us with her music and just paving the way for women going forward. It’s thrilling. She would be so happy right now.”
Franklin’s Pulitzer just adds to her many firsts–as the first woman admitted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the first woman to have 73 songs make the Billboard Top 100.
Her work and influence on the music industry diligently ascends even as she cannot be with us in the earthly form.
The Most Unapologetically Black Moments At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
1. Rev. Sharpton Reminding Trump Aretha Franklin Never ‘Worked’ For Him
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Al Sharpton had a message for President Trump after he publicly stated that Aretha Franklin worked for him: "No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us." https://t.co/WO7cDmAHYr pic.twitter.com/pb23YjnvTl— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 31, 2018
2. Fantasia’s VocalsSource: 2 of 10
3. And Jennifer Hudson’s!Source: 3 of 10
4. Aretha Managing To Get Farrakhan, Sharpton, Jackson, and Clinton on Stage Together
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On stage in front at Aretha Franklin’s funeral are Min. Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former president Bill Clinton https://t.co/FOic3yqVw8 #ArethaHomegoing pic.twitter.com/ClQOPuU6Jt— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) August 31, 2018
5. Twinkie Clark Belting It OutSource: 5 of 10
6. Michael Eric Dyson Breaking Down How Aretha Was Black Without Apologies
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Speaking at Aretha Franklin's funeral, Georgetown Sociologist Michael Eric Dyson talked about how Franklin was "black without apology or excuse." pic.twitter.com/wLfihcIEKA— USA TODAY Video (@usatodayvideo) August 31, 2018
7. White People Freaked Out By Farrakhan At Aretha’s FuneralSource: 7 of 10
8. Cicely Tyson’s Hat And The Epic SpeechSource: 8 of 10
9. Stevie Wonder Closing Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
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"What needs to happen, not only in this nation but throughout the world, is we need to make love great again,” Stevie Wonder says at Aretha Franklin's funeral ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vMOSU5ovJC— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) August 31, 2018
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