Aretha Franklin‘s legacy has continued after her passing. With news that Jennifer Hudson will portray Franklin in an upcoming biopic, Hudson also decided to honor the late singer at this year’s Pulitzer Prize Ceremony. Aretha received a posthumous award earlier this week “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.”
Aretha is the first individual woman to receive the honour as of today. Hudson’s performance of Aretha’s “Amazing Grace” was certaintly memorable and had many looking forward to the biopic. However, Hudson also didn’t make it to her performance at Columbia University due to the bad weather.
“I looked up and I thought, ‘You know what, it’s like Aretha’s spirit is in me. She didn’t believe in flying, she would drive.’ I got here in time, five minutes early to sing, because I wasn’t going to miss it,” she said. “Honey I said, ‘If I got to walk, if I got to crawl, I’m going to get there.’ And here I am, so it’s in my heart,” she said.
— Columbia University (@Columbia) May 28, 2019