Lin-Manuel Miranda Embraces 'Maria' with Star-Studded Cast

Oct 18, 2017

Tragedy often breeds creativity and many an artist has used this power for good. Lin-Manuel Miranda is no different, though notably successful in this endeavor. Hamilton creator and composer for Disney's Moana, Miranda penned "Almost Like Praying" just days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Paying homage to his musical theatre background, the song opens with a line from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story: "Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft and it's almost like praying." Interestingly enough, these lyrics are that of Bernstein's "Maria," a contradiction Miranda embraced and reimagined in a positive light. 

Miranda wasted no time bringing a group of all-star artists together to record and release the song (benefitting The Hispanic Federation). The charitable effort is his first to break the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100, claiming his No. 4 spot among today's Hot Hitmakers.

Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

October 28, 2017
1

Shayaa Abraham-Joseph

"Bank Account"   21 Savage
"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
2

Michael Williams II

"Unforgettable"   French Montana [ft. Swae Lee]
"Humble"   Kendrick Lamar
"Rake It Up "   Yo Gotti [ft. Nicki Minaj]
3

Ed Sheeran

"Perfect"   Ed Sheeran
"Shape of You"   Ed Sheeran
"Strip That Down"   Liam Payne [ft. Quavo]
4

Lin-Manuel Miranda

"Almost Like Praying"   Lin-Manuel Miranda [ft. Artists for Puerto Rico]
5

Jahseh Onfroy

"Roll In Peace"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
"Jocelyn Flores"   XXXTENTACION
"F**k Love"   XXXTENTACION [ft. Trippie Redd]
6

Austin Post

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Congratulations"   Post Malone [ft. Quavo]
"Go Flex"   Post Malone
"I Fall Apart"   Post Malone
7

Charlie Puth & Jacob Kasher

"Attention"   Charlie Puth
"How Long"   Charlie Puth
8

Khalid Robinson

"Location"   Khalid
"1-800-273-8255"   Logic [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
"Silence"   Marshmello [ft. Khalid]
9

Dieuson Octave

"Pills and Automobiles"   Chris Brown [ft. Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, & Kodak Black]
"Transportin'"   Kodak Black
"Roll In Peace"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
10

French Montana & Swae Lee

"Unforgettable"   French Montana [ft. Swae Lee]
11

Symere Woods

"Sauce it Up"   Lil Uzi Vert
"The Way Life Goes"   Lil Uzi Vert
"XO TOUR Llif3"   Lil Uzi Vert
12

Steve Mac

"What About Us"   P!nk
"Shape of You"   Ed Sheeran
"Strip That Down"   Liam Payne [ft. Quavo]
13

Tay-K

"The Race"   Tay-K
14

Kendrick Lamar

"Humble"   Kendrick Lamar
"Loyalty"   Kendrick Lamar [ft. Rihanna]
15

Jacques Webster

"Love Galore"   SZA [ft. Travis Scott]
"Butterfly Effect"   Travis Scott
"Sky Walker"   Miguel [ft. Travis Scott]
16

Brandon Lancaster

"Greatest Love Story"   LANCO
17

Cody Fayne

"The Weekend"   SZA
"Love Galore"   SZA [ft. Travis Scott]
18

Johnny McDaid

"Shape Of You"   Ed Sheeran
"What About Us"   P!nk
19

Louis Bell

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Congratulations"   Post Malone [ft. Quavo]
20

Justin Tranter

"Bad At Love"   Halsey
"Believer"   Imagine Dragons
"Friends"   Justin Bieber + BloodPop