#BlackExcellence was all up and through last night's Tony Awards. Get the inspirational speeches and more from the YBF winners who swept the musical categories inside...
Black actors won all four musical categories for actors last night at the Tony Awards. Epic! And so were their acceptance speeches.
"The Color Purple" star Cynthia Erivo won Leading Actress in a Musical and it was presented to her by fellow Tony winner Audra McDonald (who showed off her fab baby bump last night:
Renee Elise Goldsberry, winner for Featured Actress in a Musical for "Hamilton," had us on the verge of tears as she made her acceptance speech. The Carnegie Mellon University grad and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. thanked God and her husband for her kids she tried so hard to have and she's in aww that she was still blessed with a Tony Award:
Loved her since her "One Life To Live" days.
Rapper/Actor Daveed Diggs also had an inspiring acceptance speech:
He won Featured Actor in a Musical for "Hamilton," and it's well deserved. By the way, he's a Brown University grad and talks openly about his struggles to make it in this business, including having to sleep on subways.
The Tony Award for 'Best Leading Actor In A Musical' went to Leslie Odom, Jr. And we loved what he had to say about almost not making it to where he is. "Hamilton" is actually his Broadway debut:
Lin-Manuel Miranda racked up as his production of "Hamilton" took home 11 Tony Awards and he won a few himself, including Best Musical Score.
Before he caught up with fellow winner Cynthia backstage in the press room, he gave one of the mos moving speeches of the night. Grab your tissues:
And a few of our fave performances from the Hamilton and The Color Purple casts:
BONUS: If you're a theater and musical geek (like many of us), host James Corden's Broadway carpool karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski is everything.