Aretha Franklin is the first female performer to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize
Aretha Franklin was a legend when alive and her legacy continues to live on after her sad passing last year with the iconic jazz singer being named as the latest recipient of a prestigious Pulitzer Prize.
The R.E.SP.E.C.T. singer has been awarded for "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades." Franklin is the first ever female performer to receive the award and only the 12th musician (she joins the likes of Bob Dylan and John Coltrane with the honour).
It's not the first time Franklin has been the first at something either — the singer was the first female to be named in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, too, in January of 1987. During her illustrious career, she was also the recipient of 18 Grammys.
They didn't call her the Queen of Soul for nothing.
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