Hank Williams posthumously recognised by Pulitzer board
More than half a century after his death, Hank Williams has been recognised by the body that awards the Pulitzer Prizes, the United States' most prestigious awards for journalism and literature.
The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded a posthumous Special Citation to Williams, for "his 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." The award was made after a confidential survey of experts in popular music.
"The citation, above all, recognises the lasting impact of Williams as a creative force that influenced a wide range of other musicians and performers," said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. "At the same time, the award highlights the board's desier to broaden its Music Prize and recognise the full range of musical excellence that might not have been considered in the past."
Williams died in 1953 at the age of 29, but songs such as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Jambalaya" remain country music standards.
In recent years, the Pulitzer board has awarded several other special citations in music, including to Bob Dylan in 2008, as well as to jazz composers Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.