Hank Williams Wins Pulitzer Late country star wins citation for lifetime achievement By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Apr 13, 2010 4:00 AM CDT 5 comments Comments Hank Williams died January 1, 1953, aged 29. (AP Photo) (Newser) – Late country music legend Hank Williams is among this year's Pulitzer winners. The singer, who died in 1953, "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 board wrote, awarding the hugely influential singer a rare special citation for lifetime achievement. "Who else has been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to Tony Bennett to Coldplay to Buddy Guy?" his granddaughter, country artist Holly Williams, asked AP. "He deserves this honor on every level, and the family is really happy about this. His genius will always live on. It's nice to know that people are still remembering him with accolades more than 50 years after his death."