You may know Lin-Manuel Miranda for his work on Hamilton, but in the industry his talent has been recognized way before that. He won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score for writing the music and lyrics for the musical "In the Heights", which also won the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 2011, he co-wrote the music and lyrics for "Bring It On: The Musical". Appearing on a number of TV shows like "The Sopranos", "House M.D." and "Modern Family", the New York-born composer/lyricist/playwright/actor/singer won an Emmy Award in 2014 for co-composing the song "Bigger!" for the revival of "Tick, Tick... Boom!"
But it's not until he scored and starred in "Hamilton" that Miranda became a household name. Based on the mixtape that he first performed in 2012, the musical which made its Broadway debut in 2015 tells the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop, R&B and pop songs. The popular play received critical acclaims, which culminated with 11 Tony Awards out of 16 nominations in 2016.
Giving his last performance in the show in July 2016, Miranda had been working on the music for Disney's movie "Moana". He received Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award and Academy Award nominations for the song "How Far I'll Go" which he wrote for the animation.
Tapped to star in the "Mary Poppins" sequel "Mary Poppins Returns" which began filming earlier this year and set to executive produce Lionsgate's film adaptation of "The Kingkiller Chronicle", the 37-year-old star still managed to offer his time and talent to help those in need after Puerto Rico was struck with Hurricane Maria. Using his power in music, he assembled a star-studded lineup, which included Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Camila Cabello, Luis Fonsi and more, for a new song titled "Almost Like Praying". Proceeds from the song will benefit the UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program.
The charity single blasted to No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, with 111,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending October 13, according to Nielsen. The song also debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking Miranda's first top 40 hit on the chart.
"I'm filled with gratitude," he told Billboard of the song's sales sum. "The generosity of the American people sends a clear message to our fellow citizens and the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico: we have not forgotten about you, we will never forget you and we will continue to be here for you."
Miranda continued his relief efforts for Puerto Rico by taking part at the TIDAL X concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 17. "I've been working with HispanicFederation.Org. Tonight's TIDAL X concert has a host of great causes, everything from the earthquake in Mexico to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and really the Caribbean, " he said on the red carpet prior to the star-studded event. "I'm thrilled to be a part of it. It's amazing to see all hands on deck with these artists helping each other, whether it's a re-tweet or hopping on each other's song like Beyonce joining 'Mi Gente'. "
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Lin-Manuel Miranda was born on January 16, 1980 in New York to clinical psychologist mother Luz Towns and Democratic Party consultant father Luis A. Miranda, Jr. His parents got the name Lin-Manuel from a poem about the Vietnam War, "Nana roja para mi hijo Lin Manuel", by the Puerto Rican writer Jose Manuel Torres Santiago. » more
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