Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Receive Special Award at 2017 Latin Grammys

Broadway News   Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Receive Special Award at 2017 Latin Grammys
The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning Hamilton creator will be recognized during the November awards telecast.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda is about to add another statue to his shelf. The Pulitzer Prize winner, MacArthur Genius, and Tony Award winner for Hamilton and In the Heights will be honored with the Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award, according to Billboard.

The Award recognizes Miranda’s “outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community,” and will be presented to Miranda during the November 16 broadcast on Univision. The President’s Merit Award is not an annual honor and has only been presented to a choice few.

“Lin-Manuel’s urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead,” Latin Recording Academy President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa told Billboard. “He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis.” Earlier this year, Miranda and his family were recognized with the President’s Award at the Imagen Awards for their humanitarian and artistic contributions; the Imagen Awards honor the positive portrayal of Latinos and Latino culture on screen.

Miranda won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Hamilton as well as the Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for the show. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of the ten-dollar founding father. He also won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for his Broadway debut In the Heights in 2008. Both shows won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Both shows created original Broadway cast recordings that earned the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2009 and 2016, respectively. He is an Emmy winner for Original Music and Lyrics for the song “Bigger!” that he composed for the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Earlier this year, he earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go.” In 2016, Time magazine named him one of the Most Influential People in the World. He has received a star on the Puerto Rico Walk of Fame.

Vocal about his Puerto Rican roots, Miranda produced the recording “Almost Like Praying” to raise funds to help the survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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