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Aretha Franklin to Receive Pulitzer Prize Posthumously

Aretha Franklin has been selected by the Pulitzer Prize committee to receive a special citation.

The Prizes, which normally revolve around Journalism, do have a few categories for Letters, Drama and Music; however, there are occasionally special awards given out to those that have had an outstanding contribution to the arts or those who did not easily fit in one of the existing categories.

Franklin's award was one of two special citations given this year with the other given to the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD who suffered "the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history in their newsroom on June 28, 2018".

Franklin was honored for her "indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades."

Aretha died on August 16, 2018 at the age of 76.

The Pulitzer Prize for Music went to Ellen Reid for her opera "p r i s m". The committee called it "A bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse. Libretto by Roxie Perkins."