Entertainer of the Year runner up: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton was just the beginning.
The smash Broadway musical hit the Great White Way in 2015, but 2016 was the year its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, became a phenomenon in his own right.
This year alone, Miranda walked away with three Tonys and a Grammy for the musical. His championing of Alexander Hamilton helped keep the founding father on the 10-dollar bill. Hamilton’s America, a documentary melding the life of Hamilton with Miranda’s journey to create the musical, premiered on PBS in October.
And though Miranda took his final bow on the Broadway stage in July, he managed to incorporate music’s biggest names into Broadway’s biggest hit on The Hamilton Mixtape, a…