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Aretha Franklin is now a Pulitzer Prize winner, and rightfully so. According to a release, the Queen of Soul will be recognized “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” The legendary honor will make her the first individual woman to receive a special citation prize.

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The 76-year-old died in August from advanced pancreatic cancer and Hollywood has continued its celebrations in honor of the Queen’s incredible life. FantasiaYolanda AdamsShirley Caesar and more paid homage in a concert and we got our first look at the never before seen film Amazing Grace. And the long-awaited biopic starring Jennifer Hudson finally got a release date!

Aretha has sold over 75 million records to date and was the first female performer inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Rolling Stone named her one of the greatest singers and artists of all time.

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Forever Our Queen: Inside Aretha Franklin’s Homegoing Service
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