Carole King handed Lin-Manuel Miranda his first win of the night for Best Score. It is his second win in the category after winning for In the Heights. Anticipating we all wanted to hear him do one of his signature freestyle raps (like he did when he won for that 2008 show) he began his acceptance speech by noting that he was too old for that but he’d written a sonnet instead.
The Hamilton star began his speech by praising his beautiful wife before ending on a note that spoke to the violent events that occurred in Orlando, Florida that cast a spell over the evening’s proceedings. Getting teary as he finished his speech, Miranda ended on a hopeful note repeating “Love is love is love is love is love is love,” reminding us all that it cannot be killed or swept aside.