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The 11 Best Offstage Moments From 'Hamilton' in 2016

Everyone knows 'Hamilton' was the biggest thing to hit the stage this year, but Lin-Manuel Miranda and co.'s offstage moments were equally impressive

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Feb. 13: #Ham4Ham Jam With Weird Al

Bigtime Hamilton fans know about the "Ham 4 Ham" part of the show that sees creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and a load of surprise guests and cast members performing for the crowd outside the theater before its lottery winners are announced. One of the most memorable had to be this Feb. 13 performance with "Weird Al" Yankovic adding a bit of accordion to the mix.

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March 17: Lin-Manuel Gets Emma Watson to Beatbox

Not even Emma Watson could resist Lin-Manuel's charms as the actress agreed to beatbox on camera while Mr. Miranda freestyled. The duo initially sat down to talk about gender rights so, naturally, Lin's rap was about the important subject. 

Watch the clip above and then be sure to take in the full, awesome interview below: 

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April 4: Amy Schumer's 'Hamilton'-Inspired Skit

Everyone's favorite comedian even got in on the Hamilton action when she "pitched" her own Hamilton-influenced show to Lin-Manuel on Season 4 of Inside Amy Schumer.

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June 7: Lin-Manuel's Broadway 'Carpool Karaoke'

Just days before the 2016 Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel gave love to the entire Broadway community with his "Carpool Karaoke" clip for The Late Late Show With James Corden. Adding to the viral-ness of the clip? Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski all joining the ride.

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June 8: Jennifer Lopez & Lin-Manuel's Charity Song

The powerhouse duo of Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda combined forces for the very moving "Love Make the World Go Round." All of the proceeds were dedicated to the victims of the June 12 massacre at Orlando's Pulse nightclub.

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Oct. 4: Lin-Manuel's 'Freestyle Generator' on 'Tonight Show'

Never missing an opportunity to showcase his off-the-cuff rapping skills, Lin-Manuel appeared on The Tonight Show to take on the Freestyle Generator.

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Oct. 21: PBS Documentary Premiere

Hamilton made its way to televisions thanks to PBS' Hamilton's America documentary which features eye-opening commentary and interviews about the musical and its history with its original cast, experts, politicians and musicians.

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Nov. 8: Daveed Diggs' Vote Rap on 'Tonight Show'

Hours before Election Day began, Daveed Diggs brought an important rap about the importance of voting to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Nov. 11: Leslie Odom Jr. Drops Xmas Album

Leslie Odom Jr. further proved how the show was paving offstage careers for its members with the release of his holiday album Simply Christmas, led by this stirring rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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Nov. 29: The 'Drunk History' of Hamilton

Lin-Manuel appeared on Comedy Central's Drunk History to, of course, give the drunk history of Alexander Hamilton, describing how news of the former president's infidelity got to the press.

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Nov. 30: 'The Rock' & Lin-Manuel's Musical

When you have the biggest musical in the world, it's only a matter of time until you get creative with your next production. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson became BFFs after working on Disney's Moana together and eventually teamed up for Millennials: The Musical, a satirical take on this generation's take on pop culture. Johnson says its "lit as A-F!" and we have to agree.

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Mar. 21: London Love

After dropping his whopping 22-track filled album ‘More Life,’ Drake performed in London as part of his Boy Meets World Tour with onstage guests like Nicki Minaj and Skepta. Backstage, however, the performer was hanging out with two very important ladies in his life. Sharing the special moment on Instagram, Drake embraces his mom and the iconic Sade in a pic that has the fans feeling a lot of emotions.

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