Lin-Manuel Miranda's heart-wrenching #TonyAwards speech: 'Love is love cannot be swept aside'
Lin-Manuel Miranda accepting his Tony for best original score (Photo: Screen capture)

Actor, writer, and composer of the acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was the favorite going into Sunday night's Tony Awards, for every award he was up for. But it was his first win for best original score that Miranda broke out a heart-wrenching speech that brought the audience to tears and applause.


"When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day," Miranda said, in what he called his sonnet-speech. "The show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall in 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," he said through tears. "I synchronise a symphony, Eliza tells her story. Now fill the world with music, love and pride."

Watch the full speech below:

Full speech:

I'm not freestyling. I'm too old. I wrote you a sonnet, instead.

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.

Thank you so much for this.