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Hamilton creator leaves Tony Awards audience in tears with touching Orlando tribute

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“Love cannot be killed or swept aside!”

Following host James Corden’s powerful opening tribute, Lin-Manuel Miranda used his acceptance speech at the Tony Awards to declare, “Love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside!”

Leaving many of the New York audience in tears, the Hamilton musical creator spoke in the form of a sonnet: “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 ember remembrances that hope and love last longer.”

Adding: “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.”

Noticeably breaking down during his sonnet, the televised awards shows pictured his wife, fellow actors, musicians and guests feeling the emotionally charged moment for themesleves — some even breaking into spontaneous applause mid-speech.

Hamilton explained earlier in the day that any use of guns or weapons in their show would not feature in the Tony Awards performance. Hamilton will receive its London premiere in October 2017.

Watch James Corden’s opening tribute below…

The Tony Awards also created a silver ribbon for guests and presenters to win to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting.

The 2016 Tony Awards were dedicated to the victims of the Orlando shootings.


See a full list of the 2016 Tony Award winners here

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