Coverage: Lin-Manuel Miranda at the National Portrait Gallery’s 2019 November Gala
Nov 19, 2019
Interview / Public Appearances / Video

At the National Portrait Gallery’s third biennial American Portrait Gala on November 17 evening, stars from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, science, industry and technology converged to celebrate a diverse roster of portrait-worthy icons who are helping to lead our nation forward and define our culture. Lin-Manuel Miranda was among the honorees, with Frances Arnold, scientist, engineer and Nobel Laureate; Jeffrey P. Bezos, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist; Earth, Wind & Fire (Maurice White [posthumously], Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson), award-winning American band; Indra Nooyi, business  executive; and Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, U.S. artistic director and global content advisor of Condé Nast. The six honorees were presented with the “Portrait of a Nation Prize” by individuals chosen by the honorees themselves, and Michelle Obama introduced Miranda.

Portraits of each of the gala’s honorees will be on view to the public in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition through August 2020.

Check all the photos in HQ in our Gallery.

Watch an interview from the red capet below.

Under the cut you canread more from the red carpet.

THE HILL: in-Manuel Miranda says if he was ever to write a musical about Michelle Obama, he has just the right name. 
“What was the name of the eat-your-vegetables initiative that she had?” the “Hamilton” creator asked a pack of reporters when questioned by ITK what he’d title a show focused on the former first lady.
After being reminded of the name of Obama’s anti-childhood obesity campaign, Miranda stated confidently, “It would be called, ‘Let’s Move!'”
The pair had some time to work on a potential Broadway collaboration — Obama was on hand Sunday to honor Miranda at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s gala in Washington.
The third biennial American Portrait Gala recognized the Broadway pro and five other honorees whose “accomplishments have made an impact on the nation’s shared history, development and culture.”
Others honored were Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, the band Earth, Wind & Fire, astrophysicist Frances Arnold and business executive Indra Nooyi.
“CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King emceed the event, while Prabal Gurung — a favorite of Michelle Obama — served as the night’s honorary fashion designer.
Miranda, 39, called Obama his “dream presenter” for the black-tie gathering. The ex-executive mansion resident was an early champion of the composer. Miranda first publicly performed a song from “Hamilton” — which went on to be a 2015 Broadway smash hit — at the White House in 2009.
That early advocacy, I can’t ever repay her for that,” Miranda, who’s part of Obama’s 2020 “When We All Vote” get-out-the-vote campaign, told journalists.