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James Corden Addresses Florida Shootings at Tonys: ‘Hate Will Never Win’

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Less than 24 hours after a gunman killed 50 people at a Florida gay nightclub, the 70th annual Tony Awards kicked off with an impassioned statement from host James Corden about the attacks, followed by an awards-speech reference to the massacre by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

On behalf of the whole theater community, and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity, Corden told the audience at Manhattan s Beacon Theatre.

Tonys: James Corden Gives Somber Opening on Orlando Shooting https://t.co/vVdfltQoHb

— Hollywood Reporter @THR June 13, 2016

Corden continued by saying, Hate will never win.

Miranda, on stage to accept his award for Best Original Score, read a pre-written sonnet in which he noted that senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised and we live through times when hate and fear seem stronger, before noting that love lasts longer—and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love… and cannot be killed, or swept aside.

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— Hollywood Reporter @THR June 13, 2016

In the hours before the show, it became clear the Florida attack—during which more than 50 people were wounded—would have a notable affect on the event.

Representatives for the multi-nominee Hamilton noted that the cast members would not be using muskets during their performance.

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