Last night, during the 2016 Grammy Awards, the cast of Hamilton performed the opening number from the hip-hop musical, the song, “Alexander Hamilton.” The performance was broadcasted via satellite from theRichard Rodgers Theatre in New York. The cast of the popular play includes star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., and Christopher Jackson.
The cast even won the award for the Best Musical Theater Album. Check out Lin-Manuel Miranda accepting the award in a typical hip-hop fashion:
Not only did Miranda steal the show during the Grammy performance and acceptance speech, but he’s stolen the spotlight on other occassions, or rather, given us a million reasons to love him from his past works. Here are some reasons why people should love this guy:
He’s basically a genius — He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015, also known as the “Genius Grant.” Miranda and 23 other creative masterminds received a $625,000 fellowship for the next five years.
This isn’t the first musical he’s written — In 2012, Miranda co-wrote the lyrics for “Bring It On: The Musical.”
Neil Patrick Harris owes him one — At the 2013 Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris closed the show with a song and dance number inspired by events that happened during the awards ceremony. He has Miranda to thank for writing the song as the show aired.
He loves hip-hop — Miranda is a member of a hip-hop improv group called Freestyle Love Supreme. There are also sprinkles of the Mobb Deep, DMX, and Biggie references throughout “Hamilton.”