Lin-Manuel Miranda Honors Orlando Victims in Emotional Tonys Speech

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  • In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, tonight’s Tony Awards turned into a tribute for the LGBT community and a celebration of love and creativity — and “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda hit the perfect note with his acceptance speech for Best Original Score.

    He’s known for freestyle rapping during speeches, but for this event he took a different approach: “I wrote you a sonnet instead.” Clearly emotional, he gave thanks to his wife Vanessa before honoring the victims of the tragedy, bringing almost everyone watching to tears.

    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 last longer

    And 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