Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the musical “Hamilton,” gave an acceptance speech at the 2016 Tony Awards that has resonated profoundly with people around the world. The show garnered 16 nominations, and Miranda accepted the award for Best Score. He didn’t give just any acceptance speech though; he performed an original sonnet that he’d written. The awards ceremony came on the heels of the senseless Orlando massacre that took place early in the morning on June 12, 2016. In his speech, Miranda paid tribute to the lives lost, and urged us to remember to live in love.
Watch his emotional speech in this video, and share the message that he’s sending. The world can always use more love, more understanding, and more acceptance.
The sonnet is written out in its entirety beneath the video. Take a look.
“Now fill the world with music, love, and pride.”
“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 lasts longer
And love is 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.”
C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband, son, and dog.