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The 70th Annual Tony Awards were held on June 12, 2016, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2015–16 season

Host James Corden introduced the 2016 Tony Awards at New York's Beacon Theatre with a touching tribute to Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando -- Sunday's show was dedicated to the victims of the shooting.

"Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity," said the "Late Late Show" host. "All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved. Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. "

The cast of "Hamilton" then opened the show with a rap song that skewered Corden, while saying he was just what the show needed.

"It needs that chubby dude from 'Into the Woods' who played the baker," rapped one cast member.

They wrapped the number with, "And his name is -- " as the host appeared and said, "James Corden."

He held a Tony Award in his hand and rapped, "My name is James Corden and these are what I'll be awardin'."