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Tony Awards dedicated to Orlando victims

Associated Press Associated Press 12/06/2016

The Tony Awards have been dedicated to those affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed at least 50 people.

In a statement on Sunday, the Tony Awards said "our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy."

Sunday evening's awards, it said, will be dedicated to the friends and family of those affected by the most deadly mass shooting in US history.

Organisers didn't say how the evening's broadcast would be affected. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of "Hamilton" - expected to be the night's big winner - tweeted a rainbow-colored heart with "Orlando" written beneath it.

The Tonys are to be hosted by late-night host James Corden.

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