Sunday was a night of celebration for Lin-Manuel Miranda, as his musical Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards. But the victims of this weekend's tragedy in Orlando were still in his thoughts as he accepted the award for Best Original Score.
"I'm not freestyling. I'm too old," Miranda said when he reached the microphone. "I wrote you a sonnet instead."
Miranda's poem, recited passionately from a sheet of paper, began with a tribute to his wife Vanessa Nadal, whom he described as "a perfect symphony of one." Nadal listened from the audience with tears in her eyes.
Miranda then spoke of "senseless acts of tragedy," no doubt in reference to the shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando. At least 50 people were killed and 53 more injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
In Miranda's words, these tragic events "remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day."
He then echoed a sentiment shared by many others in support of the LGBT community following this horrible event, declaring that "love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside."
Miranda was tearful as he recited this message of acceptance, and the audience responded with applause.
Read the full sonnet below:
"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"
Watch Miranda's full speech here:
Out of respect for the Orlando victims, the cast of Hamilton removed the musket props from their performance of "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)" during the show.
Miranda and his co-stars weren't the only ones to acknowledge Sunday's tragedy. Actor Frank Langella also mentioned Orlando in his acceptance speech, telling those affected, "We will be with you every step of the way."
Tony attendees wore silver ribbons to honor the victims, and host James Corden delivered a moving statement to open the show, saying, "Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle."