The Mirandas, including Lin-Manuel, his mother, Luz, father Luis, and sister Luz, were recognized with the president’s award at the 32nd annual Imagen Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday night.
The ceremony, which celebrates Latinos and their culture in film and television, was hosted by comedian Aida Rodriguez, and brought out famous faces like Norman Lear, Rita Moreno, Kenny Ortega, America Ferrera, and Justina Machado.
“We never should have won this award,” the musical Miranda joked while accepting the honor for his family’s humanitarian and artistic contributions. “No family is perfect, our family is really not perfect.” He went on to praise his parents and attribute his success to seeing their drive. “There was always something to be done, and they instilled that in us and so as we’ve gone on to our respective professions, we continue that legacy,” he said.
Miranda then credited his Broadway juggernaut to his upbringing. “Things like ‘Hamilton’ don’t happen alone,” he said. “If your mother is a psychologist and your dad is in politics, you write ‘Hamilton.’ That’s the recipe for that. It’s pretty simple.”
Before the Mirandas went on stage to accept the award, Corbin Bleu rapped a rendition of “Alexander Hamilton,” replacing the words as a homage to the family. Also during the ceremony, Lear got a standing ovation when Ortega commended him for turning down his invitation to the Kennedy Center Honors.
Despite championing diversity in both of his Broadway shows — “In the Heights” and “Hamilton: An American Musical” — Miranda said more can be done.
“We need more work, we need new work, we need all those writers writing,” he told Variety on the red carpet. “I’m thrilled when work at the highest level is being produced with Latinos in mind both in…