Hamilton leads Tony nominations and sets a record with 16 nods

The mega-hit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavoured biography about the first US treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held by The Producers and Billy Elliot.

Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, hugs First Lady Michelle Obama
Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, hugs US first lady Michelle Obama (Evan Vucci/AP)

Hamilton was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.

Next month, it will compete for Broadway's biggest crown - best new musical - with Bright Star, School Of Rock, Shuffle Along and Waitress.

The best play category will be contested by Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans and King Charles III.

The awards will be handed out on June 12, with James Corden playing host at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

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