Lin-Manuel Miranda read a sonnet that addressed the Orlando massacre while accepting the award for best score at the Tonys
Lin-Manuel Miranda tearfully acknowledged the victims of Sunday morning’s nightclub massacre in Orlando with a heartfelt sonnet he read while accepting the award for best score for his smash hit Hamilton.
“When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day, the show is proof that history remembers we lived through times that hate and fear seem stronger,” he said as he became more and more emotional.
“We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer and love is love is love is love is love is cannot be killed or swept aside,” he continued through tears.
“Now fill the world with music, love and pride,” he said tearfully before walking off the stage while receiving an embrace from Carole King, who presented him with the award.
Miranda accepted the award less than 24 hours after at least 50 people were killed and 53 injured in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.
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A lone gunman reportedly identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen was killed by authorities, and ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack.
Miranda, who began the sonnet with a heartfelt thanks to his wife, also spoke about the massacre on the red carpet prior to the show.
“On a day marked by such tragedy to get to celebrate such works of art … I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else,” he said.