-- "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night to accept the 2017 Freedom Award from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
Miranda was being honored for sparking interest in American history, especially among young people.
"The world's reaction...and the renewed engagement with the founding era as a result has changed all of our lives," Miranda said at the ceremony. "My life in particular."
He joked about how long it took him to complete the Broadway show.
"You know how sometimes you hear a tune from 'Hamilton' and it gets stuck in your head? Imagine what I felt like," he said. "They were in my head first, and it took six, seven years to get them out of my head."
But Miranda also had serious messages he wanted to get across about the importance of the arts and immigration.
"Without humanities and arts programs, I wouldn't be standing here; and without Alexander Hamilton and the countless other immigrants who built this country it’s very probable that very few of us would be here either," Manuel said.
Pelosi echoed Miranda's comments, saying, "Lin-Manuel, I am truly, truly convinced that the arts are what will bring our country together and you have been a force in that regard."