Beating out two of his Hamilton costars, Daveed Diggs has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his dual part as both Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway smash.
Accepting the award, Diggs thanked his family, friends, and costars in Hamilton. “I cannot thank you all enough,” Diggs said. “This is so crazy.”
This is Diggs’ first Tony Award win on his first nomination. He previously won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album as part of the Hamilton cast. The popular Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton, written by Ron Chernow. The production, which tells the story of the Founding Father through hip-hop and R&B-inspired songs, debuted Off Broadway in 2015 and transferred to the Richard Rodgers Theatre later that year.
His performance has garnered Diggs fame as the fastest rapper on Broadway, as he moves through the Hamilton track “Guns and Ships” at a breakneck pace, rapping 19 words in just three seconds. “That’s fast,” the actor told Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on The Tonight Show in May. “It’s not not fast. It is absolutely fast. But in the rap world, that’s medium fast. It’s fast, but in the rap world there are faster.”
The 34-year old actor won the Tony over Brandon Victor Dixon in Shuffle Along, Christopher Fitzgerald in Waitress, and fellow Hamilton actors Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson.