Lin-Manuel Miranda's Moving Speech Won The Tony Awards

by Stephanie Maida · June 13, 2016

In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Orlando this weekend, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took his time on stage at the 2016 Tony Awards and turned it into a beautiful moment to celebrate love. The hit musical sweeped the evening, earning 11 awards in total. Instead of delivering a traditional acceptance speech, Miranda took the opportunity to read a moving poem dedicated to his wife and the power of love, no doubt referencing the terrible attack on the LBGTQ community. Read it in full below:

I'm not freestyling. I'm too old. I wrote you a sonnet, instead.

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.

BRB, sobbing to the Hamilton soundtrack.

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