The late, nice Aretha Franklin has been posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Right now, the Queen of Soul acquired a “Particular Quotation” for her “indelible contribution to American music and tradition for greater than 5 a long time.”
Congratulations to @ArethaFranklin and her household and mates. #Pulitzer #QueenOfSoul #Respect pic.twitter.com/SRdwncE5UI
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 15, 2019
Since 1918, a complete of 44 “Particular Quotation” awards have been given out. Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington are among the many previous music recipients.
Franklin died lower than a yr in the past, in August 2018, as a consequence of advance pancreatic most cancers of the neuroendrocrine sort. She was solely 76 years outdated.
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Franklin’s tragic passing was met with numerous tributes, together with from Stevie Surprise, Ariana Grande, and Chaka Khan. Former president Barack Obama and spouse Michelle additionally wrote a touching notice in honor of the long-lasting singer, who is taken into account to be one of many best-selling artists in music historical past:
“By way of her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped outline the American expertise. In her voice, we might really feel our historical past, all of it and in each shade — our energy and our ache, our darkness and our gentle, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us really feel extra linked to one another, extra hopeful, extra human. And typically she helped us simply overlook about every part else and dance.”
Final yr, Kendrick Lamar scored the Pulitzer Prize in Music for DAMN., marking the primary time a non-classic or jazz artist received within the class.
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