‘Hamilton’ Takes Home 11 Tonys, Lin-Manuel Miranda Pays Tribute to Orlando Victims

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of 'Hamilton' perform onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

One of the lone bright spots of a horrific Sunday was Hamilton‘s dominance at the Tony Awards. The hip-hop musical  an adaptation of founding father Alexander Hamilton’s biography was by far the night’s biggest winner, taking home 11 Tonys, just one award shy of matching The Producers’ record for most wins. The winnings included Best Musical, Best Lead Actor (for Leslie Odom Jr.), Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda didn’t only express gratitude in his speeches. He paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting with an emotionally affecting poem when he accepted the Best Original Score award.

“When senseless acts of tragedy reminds us that nothing here is promised — not one day,” Miranda recited. “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, and love cannot be killed or swept aside. Fill the world with music, love and pride.”

Check out the speech below.

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