During an otherwise muted and somber Tony Awards last night due to the tragic shooting in Orlando, history was made in New York City.
"For the first time in #TonyAwards history, all four musical acting awards have gone to people of color," the Tonys tweeted on its official account.
For the first time in #TonyAwards history, all four musical acting awards have gone to people of color.— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 13, 2016
The biggest cast win of the night came as no surprise as "Hamilton" won 11 Tonys, one short of the all-time record.
Among the four main musical winners were "Hamilton's" Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Cynthia Erivo for "The Color Purple." These wins are not to be confused with the dramatic awards.
Fans were still grieving the horrific massacre in Orlando, with at least 50 dead, but took to social media nonetheless to laud the Tonys for the diverse selections.
The #Tonys are a reminder that entertainment CAN change. Diversity is NOT a "feel good" priority - it makes our stories better.— Elizabeth Giorgi (@lizgiorgi) June 13, 2016
As a member of the film community but also a theatre lover, I was moved tonight by the diversity at the Tonys. Hollywood must do better.— Lindsay Diamond (@LindsayMDiamond) June 13, 2016
Why I love the Tonys:— Elle Hope (@Ldancingqueen) June 13, 2016
-diversity is present
-genuine and hard working people
-the magic of theatre
-love is shown to all
The Tonys are a shiny beacon of hope that inclusion, diversity and kindness do in fact succeed. One that we needed today.— Hannah (@hannahyep) June 13, 2016
Let's celebrate this Tonys for its diversity tonight, & remember to keep challenging and critiquing Broadway (& Hollywood) tomorrow & onward— Alanna Bennett (@AlannaBennett) June 13, 2016
Fans also hung on the Oscars lack of diversity from earlier this year, something mentioned by host James Corden during the night.
The Tonys are the Oscars but with diversity - James Corden— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) June 13, 2016
Just think about how different the Tonys are from the Oscars. So much more diversity.— olivia (@DancesWithBilbo) June 13, 2016
The Tonys: how you have diversity, hilarity, and entertainment without being gross. TAKE NOTE OTHER AWARDS SHOWS.— Joanna (@thexwalrus) June 13, 2016