In addition to bringing hip-hop to Broadway, freestyling on the front lawn of the White House with President Obama and winning a 2016 Grammy Award (for Best Musical Theater Album), Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Hamilton has added Pulitzer Prize to their growing list of accolades.
The Columbia University’s prize board on Monday (April 19) cited Hamilton as a “landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible.”
“I feel really humbled and really overwhelmed,” Miranda told the Associated Press. “Columbia is Hamilton’s alma mater so I think that gave me a home-court advantage. But it’s extraordinary to be recognized in this way.”
Miranda has had nothing short of a stellar year. The 36-year-old performer, whose family relocated from Puerto Rico to New York, was also awarded the “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, as well as the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, which came with $100,000. The album for Hamilton became the highest-debuting cast recording on the Billboard 200 chart in over 50 years.
“I’m just trying to stay as present and in the moment as possible because I’m fully aware that this speeds by in the highlight reel,” said Miranda. “I’m living in the highlight reel section of my life. I want to slow the montage down.”