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Tony Awards 2016: Lin-Manuel Miranda Wins Best Book of a Musical & Best Original Score

The "Hamilton" creator wins big at the 2016 Tony Awards.

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The Tony Awards 2016 took place Sunday, June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Hosted by James Corden, the theater celebration recognized the achievements in Broadway productions during the last twelve months.

Lin-Manuel Miranda took home the Tony for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre and Best Book of a Musical for “Hamilton.”

“My wife is the reason anything gets done,” Miranda said upon winning his first trophy for Best Score. He continued by reciting a passionate sonnet dedicated to the victims of the Orlando shooting, “When senseless acts of tragedy reminds us that nothing here is promised, not one day.”

“And love, is love, is love, is love and cannot be killed or swept aside,” he said. Watch his speech below:


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He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as Alexander Hamilton in the smash-hit musical “Hamilton,” about the life of the American Founding Father. The award went to also-“Hamilton” lead, Leslie Odom Jr.

Miranda has a total of four Tonys, he previously received three nominations for his hit musical, “In the Heights,” and won the awards for Best Original Score and Best Musical. In 2013, he was also nominated for Best Musical for “Bring It On: The Musical.” “Hamilton” received a record-breaking 16 nominations and dominated the night, taking home 11 trophies.

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