Hamilton star andcreator Lin-Manuel Miranda gave a moving speech Sunday night as he accepted his second Tony award for Best Score of a Musical. Known as a master wordsmith and hip hop virtuoso, Miranda accepted his Tony for Best Original Score in 2008 for In The Heights with a freestyle, thanking his collaborators and wife Vanessa. This year, however, he claimed he was “too old to freestyle,” and delivered a sonnet instead. Visibly shaken by the tragic events that occurred in Orlando, Florida, he dedicated his speech to his wife and the victims of the shooting that night.
My wife’s the reason anything gets done She nudges me towards promise by degrees She is a perfect symphony of one, Our son is her most beautiful reprise We chase the melodies that seem to find us Until they’re finished songs and start to play When senseless acts of tragedy remind us That nothing here is promised, not one day This show is proof that history remembers We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger We rise and fall and light from dying embers Remembrances that hope and love lasts long And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love Cannot be killed or swept aside, I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story Now fill the world with music love and pride
Tony Awards host and star of The Late Late ShowJames Corden also addressed the shootings a the beginning of the ceremony, while actors Frank Langella and Jessica Lange expressed similar sentiments. All in all, the message of the night was that “love is love is love is love is love. It cannot be killed or swept aside,” as Miranda puts it so eloquently. Please think of the victims and their families in this time of need, and contribute in any way you can.
Watch the full acceptance speech of Lin-Manuel Miranda below