CULTURE & ARTS

'Hamilton' Just Won A Pulitzer, Because OF COURSE IT DID

Ahead of the Tonys, Lin-Manuel Miranda nabs another big prize.

All praise the ten-dollar founding father, because "Hamilton" just won a Pulitzer

Last year, the musical's creator (and star) Lin-Manuel Miranda received a coveted MacArthur Fellowship, and this summer, he will undoubtedly take home a Tony for his ground-breaking Broadway musical. But today, he'll be celebrating a Pulitzer, which he was awarded in the drama category for his work writing the much-adored "Hamilton," a hip-hop-inspired reimagining of Alexander Hamilton's life, based on Ron Chernow’s 800-page biography. 

The play is described on the Pulitzer's website as "a landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible." Beyond garnering critical praise and heaps of awards, the plays has grossed $63.5 million and earned the highest advance ticket sales in Broadway history.

Each year, the Pulitzer Prize board chooses a "distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life." The prize comes with a $10,000 award and the opportunity to forever see the words "Pulitzer Prize-winning" before someone's name.

Nominees in this year's drama category also included The Humans, by Stephen Karam and Gloria, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Other 2016 Pulitzer winners include New Yorker writer Emily Nussbaum, The Sympathizer author Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Ozone Journal poet Peter Balakian. 

No word yet on whether Miranda -- who, stuck in the studio, legitimately asked the world not to do anything crazy without him over Twitter today -- knows of his big win yet.  

UPDATE: He knows.

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