Hank Williams Receives Special Citation From Pulitzer Prize
April 13, 2010 at 9:34 AM (PT)
Country legend HANK WILLIAMS has earned a posthumous Special Citation from the PULITZER PRIZE. Winners were announced MONDAY (4/12) and WILLIAMS was named for his lifetime achievement as an artist. The citation notes WILLIAMS' "craftsmanship as a songwriter" and his "pivotal role in transforming Country music into a major musical and cultural force in AMERICAN life."
JAY ORR, Vice President of the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME said: "I don't think any Country artist cast a longer shadow than he does, both as a songwriter and a performer. His songs are master works. But there's a mystique about his character that still fascinates the people who have come after him. ... He was the romantic ideal of the hillbilly SHAKESPEARE and his cultural legacy continues to grow."
WILLIAMS will join other recent special citation recipients BOB DYLAN, THELONIOUS MONK and JOHN COLTRANE for AMERICAN winners.
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