At 28, he became the youngest winner for best original score.
The Tony Awards may be the last place you'd expect to see a winner rap his or her acceptance speech, but that's what happened when Lin-Manuel Miranda won his first Tony on June 15, 2008 -- 11 years ago this week.
Miranda won best original score for In the Heights and proceeded to demonstrate his MC skills -- "I used to dream about this moment/Now I'm in it/Tell the conductor to hold the baton a minute," he began. He alluded to Stephen Sondheim's 1984 song about the creative process, "Finishing the Hat" -- "Mr. Sondheim, look, I made a hat/Where there never was a hat/It's a Latin hat, at that." Miranda concluded his remarks by thanking "all my Latino people" and pulling a flag of Puerto Rico out of the pocket of his tux.
You could argue that Miranda became a star at the 62nd annual Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. At 28, he became the youngest winner for best original score. In the Heights won three other Tonys -- best musical, best choreography and best orchestrations.