Here are the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes

Richard Powers

Richard Powers

The Pulitzer Prizes awarded two hard-hitting investigations into the 45th president during its annual ceremony on Monday.

The Times won the prestigious journalism award for explanatory reporting for its probe of the Trump family's finances that "debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges", the Pulitzer Prize Board announced during a ceremony at New York's Columbia University.

The Capital Gazette was given a special citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland.

Legendary music star, Aretha Franklin has been posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her contribution to American music and culture.

The paper also recognized the staff of the Wall Street Journal in the national reporting category for breaking the story that Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels hush money in order to cover up an alleged extramarital affair.

The newspaper also won a Pulitzer Prize, U.S. journalism's highest honor, in 2015 for photographic coverage of the unrest in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death.

While David Blight picked up the history prize for his acclaimed biography of Frederick Douglas, the escaped slave who became a leader of the abolitionist movement.

Meanwhile, reporters from the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal were honored in the global reporting sections for their coverage of a war in Yemen and a murder in Myanmar, respectively.

Aretha Franklin at the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California, in 2005.

As reported by CNN, Aretha Franklin is officially a Pulitzer Prize victor.

Franklin is one of less than a dozen musicians - and the first female artist - to receive the Pulitzers' Special Citation for the arts; previous winners include Rodgers & Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan and, most recently in 2010, Hank Williams.

Reuters was honoured for global reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

To that end, Jackie Sibblies Drury's "Fairview", a piercing look at race and class in America, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, beating out Clare Barron's "Dance Nation and Heidi Schreck's "What the Constitution Means to Me".

Following its premiere, Fairview played at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which co-commissioned and helped develop the piece with Soho Rep. The poetry award was given to Forrest Gander's elegiac Be With while Ellen Reid's opera prism won the Pulitzer in music. Last year, Kendrick Lamarbecame the first hip-hop act to win a Pulitzer, making history and cementing his legacy.

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