NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
In front of an A-list audience that included Joni Mitchell, Barbara Streisand, Beck, Alice Cooper, and Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of Soul received a tribute fit for a Grammy queen.
The "American Idol" veteran and Oscar winner will portray the Queen of Soul in an upcoming biopic.
A military band at Buckingham Palace mourned the loss of the Queen of Soul by playing one of her most famous songs.
But doctors hope the icon's death helps raise awareness of risk factors and a need for research around the disease.
"I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin."