But there was a surprise announcement after the regular awards.
There is a Pulitzer Prize in music, but it’s almost always collected by a classical or jazz musician. And last year Kendrick Lamar became the first hip hop artist to win.
Aretha is now the first woman to receive a special citation for music from the Pulitzer Board, which pointed to her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.
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