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Aretha Franklin becomes first woman to win Pulitzer special citation award

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The late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on Monday became the first woman ever to receive a Pulitzer special award and citation.

Poynter reports Franklin is the first woman to receive the special recognition since 1930, with 41 people and institutions receiving the honor since its creation.

Franklin, who died in August at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer, joins several other noteworthy musicians including Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington in receiving the citation.

{mosads}“The Pulitzer Prizes, and these special award citations, stand for work of breadth, excellence and consequence in making our society a better place to be,” said Neil Brown, Poynter’s president and a Pulitzer Prize board member. “Aretha Franklin’s contributions remain deep, inspiring and altogether fitting of such recognition.”

While the special award and citation has previously been given to institutions that include women, Franklin is the first female individual to be honored.

Franklin’s career, which spanned more than five decades, was made up of multiple firsts, including being the first woman inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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