Tony Awards dedicates ceremony to Orlando victims

Source:AFP Published: 2016/6/13 18:13:01

The Tony Awards, which honor the best of Broadway, opened in New York on Sunday dedicated to victims of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest terror attack in the US since September 11, 2001.

Fifty people died when a heavily-armed gunman opened fire and seized hostages at a popular gay nightclub in the Florida city before the attacker was shot dead by a police SWAT team.

"Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity," host James Corden said at the start of the awards ceremony, the equivalent of the Oscars for theater.

The British comedian and TV host, who is now based in California, said every race, creed and sexuality would always be welcome at the theater.

"Hate will never win. Tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle," he added.

Smash-hit, hip-hop musical Hamilton is expected to dominate the awards, leading the way with a record 16 nominations.

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