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GRAMMY Rewind: Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps His Acceptance Speech For Best Musical Theater Album For 'Hamilton' In 2016
When 'Hamilton' won a GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda's acceptance speech — and his outfit — was very on-brand.
Some artists lay down their musical styles and costumes after the curtain closes, but for others, the world they created in their art lives on. The latter was the case for Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton in 2016, when their show won Best Musical Theater Album.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the big moment when their hit musical was officially named the winner. Earlier in the ceremony, the cast had performed "Alexander Hamilton" — the opening number of the musical — live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in New York City, and they were still in late 18th-century period costume when they came on stage as a cast to claim their trophy.
Manuel — who wrote the music, lyrics and book for Hamilton on his own — delivered his acceptance speech as a rap, a more-than-apropos celebration of the hip-hop inspired musical he created. Reading off a piece of paper "so I didn't forget anyone," as he told ET, Miranda rattled off his gratitude to a long list of people in record time.
Those included his musical influences (from Notorious B.IG. and Tupac to Jeanine Tesori), the people who work at his record label, and the cast and crew — including Hamilton music director, orchestrator and conductor Alex Lacamoire, who stood behind him on stage.
"Lacamoire, my right hand man, this frantic Hispanic is nonstop," Manuel rapped, in a callback to one of the songs off the Hamilton soundtrack, "Non-Stop."
Manuel concluded his speech with a message of love to his wife and then-15-month-old son. "Sebastian, Daddy's bring home a GRAMMY for you," he said as he ended his speech to raucous applause.
Press play above to watch Manuel and the gang bring their signature high energy and sharp-tongued lyricism to the stage, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
Rob Thomas And Carlos Santana
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Santana & Rob Thomas Self-Assuredly Win Record Of The Year For "Smooth" In 2000
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch Santana and Rob Thomas win Record Of The Year at the 42nd GRAMMY Awards for "Smooth," the unlikely smash-hit pairing of the classic rock legend and Matchbox Twenty leader
By all accounts, Santana's and Rob Thomas' 1999 megahit "Smooth" almost didn't happen. In its embryonic stages, Carlos Santana was skeptical of the tune; the AM-radio effect on Thomas's voice alone engendered its own smattering of arguments.
But in a quintessential lesson about why you should never, ever give up, "Smooth" became the second-biggest single of all time, second only to Chubby Checker's "The Twist." It also led to the 2000 GRAMMY Awards, where the unlikely pair won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year.
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the moment 21 years ago when an unlikely gambit paid off in dividends, putting a feather in the cap of Matchbox Twenty's leader and landing a classic rocker back on the airwaves.
Check out the throwback GRAMMY moment above and click here to enjoy more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Celine Dion Win Record Of The Year For "My Heart Will Go On"
Two decades before Billie Eilish's 2020 win, Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On"
Long before Billie Eilish's 2020 Record Of The Year win, French-Canadian pop sensation Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On."
It was 1999: two years after Dion's ballad was prominently featured in James Cameron's star-crossed epic "Titanic," a song placement that forever impacted the way music was used in film. The Canadian vocal powerhouse was up against the Goo Goo Dolls ("Iris"), Monica and Brandy ("The Boy Is Mine"), Madonna ("Ray Of Light") and Shania Twain ("You're Still The One").
During her acceptance speech, it was only fitting that Dion, who took home the golden gramophone along with Walter Afanasieff, Simon Franglen and James Horner, thank the person who made her own heart, well, go on.
Watch the GRAMMY Rewind video above to hear Dion's speech, which thanked her late husband and manager, René Angélil.
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Quincy Jones Win Record Of The Year For "We Are The World" In 1986
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, 28-time GRAMMY-winning producer Quincy Jones wins Record Of The Year for his star-studded charity single "We Are The World"
"The children that changed this generation from 'I, me, mine' to 'we, you and us': I thank you on behalf of all of USA For Africa," Quincy Jones said to end his acceptance speech for Record Of The Year at the 28th GRAMMY Awards.
The latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind travels back in time to 1986 to relive one of Jones' three wins for his record-breaking charity single, "We Are The World." Watch the super producer's gracious acceptance speech below.
With contributions from megastars like Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder — all three of whom joined Jones on stage in the above video — "We Are The World" helped raise more than $60 million for famine relief efforts in Africa. The star-studded single has sold over 20 million copies and was reportedly the first single to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.
Along with Record Of The Year, the single took home three other awards that night: Song Of The Year, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Music Video, Short Form. (Jones was not awarded Song Of The Year, as he was not a co-writer.) It was featured on an album of the same name, which was nominated for Album of the Year.
Jones has won 28 GRAMMYs in his lifetime, tying Beyoncé for the most-awarded living person. The 88-year-old legend is also one of the most nominated acts, with 80 nominations to date.
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