Franklin makes his­tory with post­hu­mous Pulitzer win

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Aretha Franklin is still get­ting R-E-S-P-E-C-T af­ter death: The Queen of Soul re­ceived the Pulitzer Prize Spe­cial Ci­ta­tion honor Mon­day, be­com­ing the first in­di­vid­ual woman to earn a spe­cial ci­ta­tion prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930.

The Pulitzer board said the award was given to Franklin for her in­deli­ble con­tri­bu­tion to Amer­i­can mu­sic and cul­ture for more than five decades.

Franklin died on Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit from pan­cre­atic can­cer at age 76.

The su­per­star mu­si­cian was the first woman in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when she en­tered the pres­ti­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1987.

The Pulitzer board most re­cently awarded a spe­cial ci­ta­tion prize in 2010 to Hank Wil­liams, the coun­try mu­sic leg­end who died in 1953.

Franklin’s in­clu­sion into the ex­clu­sive club re-con­firms the im­pact her mu­sic — and voice — had and con­tin­ues to have on the world.

ANDY KROPA Invision/AP

Aretha Franklin at­tends per­forms Nov. 7, 2017, in New York. The Queen of Soul re­ceived the Pulitzer Prize Spe­cial Ci­ta­tion honor Mon­day, be­com­ing the first in­di­vid­ual woman to earn a spe­cial ci­ta­tion prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. Franklin, 76, died Aug. 16, 2018.

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