Even before the broadcast of the 2016 Tony Awards began, the announcement had come that the show would be "dedicated to those affected by the events in Orlando," where at least 50 are dead and another 50 injured after a man opened fire inside the Pulse LGBT nightclub.
The award show released a statement early in the day, saying, "Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them."
James Corden, hosting the Awards for the first time, opened with a statement of solidarity. "You are not on your own right now," he said. "Hate will never win."