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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Deliver His Beautiful, Emotional Tony Acceptance Sonnet

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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Deliver His Beautiful, Emotional Tony Acceptance Sonnet

Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the 2016 Tony Awards "Meet the Nominees" press junket at the Paramount Hotel on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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After news broke of the heartbreaking, maddening and confusing events that transpired in Orlando on Sunday morning, many struggled to find the words to describe how they were feeling and offer a glimmer of hope in the face of this unimaginable tragedy. But one man never struggles to find the words, and that man is Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Last night Miranda accepted his Tony award for best original score (obviously) for Hamilton (obviously), by way of a sonnet, addressing the horrific mass killings in Orlando.

“I’m not freestyling, I’m too old. I wrote you a sonnet instead,” he says as he unfolds his note.

But Miranda doesn’t simply offer condolences or prayers, he offers a proclamation of love. In fact, Manuel offered a proclamation of love ten times. I can’t speak for everyone but it was just what I needed to hear.