Hank Williams Awarded At Pulitzer Luncheon
May 28, 2010 at 6:51 AM (PT)
Country legend HANK WILLIAMS has earned a posthumous Special Citation from the PULITZER PRIZE. The award was accepted by JETT WILLIAMS at a special luncheon/awards ceremony on MAY 24th at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY in NEW YORK.
"HANK WILLIAMS has always been in a class all his own as the SHALESPEARE of ‘the common man,’ whom he touched so deeply and for so long with his lyrical genius,” said JETT WILLIAMS. “To be so honored by the PULITZER PRIZE BOARD puts my dad in the company of those who have grown to appreciate and now recognize his incredible influence and talent. To hear the strains of ‘Hey Good Lookin' ringing throughout the rotunda at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY as we exited the event would give anyone pause -- it certainly did me.”
The citation honors HANK’s “craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming Country music into a major musical and cultural force in AMERICAN life." WILLIAMS joins other recent special citation recipients BOB DYLAN, THELONIOUS MONK and JOHN COLTRANE for AMERICAN winners.