As the public still tries to wrap their mind around the mass shooting that struck Orlando this past weekend, celebrities are using their platforms, quite literally, to offer insight.
Upon winning the Tony Award for Best Original Score on Sunday night—just hours after news of the tragedy broke—Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda delivered his acceptance speech to New York's Beacon Theatre in the form of an emotional sonnet to address the killings:
My wife's the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one,
Our son is her most beautiful reprise
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they're finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
This show is proof that history remembers
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love lasts long
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside,
I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music love and pride
Adele, who was also on stage Sunday night, began the first of her three-show run in Antwerp, Belgium with a tribute (:28), as well.
"I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando at Pulse nightclub last night. The LGBTQA community, they're like my soulmates since I was really young, so I'm really moved by it," she said before being moved to tears. But ever the entertainer, she cut the tension with a bit of humor: "I don't know why I'm crying already because most of tonight is pretty miserable because my songs are f—king miserable."
Finally, Janelle Monae, who was performing across the country from the shootings at the 38th annual Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, spoke to the crowd before performing her 2010 track "Cold War."
She said, "There was a deadly tragedy in Orlando due to hate and ignorance. I want to be clear which way I stand. I want freedom, respect and love. If you do too, make some noise. As human beings, we must protect each other. If God is love, are you love?"
Monae reiterated her sentiments on Instagram when sharing a post on how the public can help the Orlando community, writing, "I want to make sure that everyone...understands where I stand on one thing: It is our responsibility as people to stand up, protect, and look after one another."