Watch Neil Patrick Harris Sing, Dance, Rap, Wow at the Tonys (VIDEO)

The sixty-somethingth Tony Awards aired last night on CBS, and if you missed the broadcast, you're not the only one. The tribute to musical theater only drew a 1.2 rating among adults (compared to Fox's 1.4 on a night of repeats), a far cry from other primtime awards shows.

But it's okay you didn't watch, because we have the highlights right here. Long story short: The Book of Mormon, from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, cleaned house, winning nine awards including Best Picture Best Musical. That said, the real story here is Neil Patrick Harris, who continues to stake his claim for Best Awards Show Host EVAR.

NPH opened with—what else?—a song-and-dance number about the Tonys no longer being "just for gays," which included a walkthrough of the audience and a bit of on-his-toes thinking. As usual, he handled it all with equal amounts of grace and charm.



In the middle of the show, Harris welcomed beloved former Tonys host Hugh Jackman to the stage. Naturally, they got into a dance battle and made fun of each other's pasts. Note to Hugh: As long as Viva Laughlin remains on your resumé, you can't say anything.



And finally, to hip things up at the end, the Notorious NPH dropped some rhymes on the unsuspecting audience in a bit that was reportedly created just the night before the show.



A good host makes the difference between a good awards show and a bad awards show, and Neil Patrick Harris deftly toes the line between classic and progressive emceeing. He's gushing with talent but relatable, thanks to well-timed moments of self-deprecation. Plus, it seems he can always captures our attention without resorting offensive jokes. I'm ready to declare the man host of every single awards show heretofore.


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Neil Patrick Harris is just brilliant, or should I say legendary. I love him on HIMYM, and even though I didn't watch all of that video, I can say without a faction of a doubt that he is just brilliant as usual!
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hes amazing as usual! he so shld host the oscars (def will be better than the horrid anne hattaway & james franco)
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I agree he should host every award show. He is so amazing.
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You know what, I think he actually might be gay
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I don't watch any musicals and therefore have never bothered watching the Tony's, but these clips of NPH are legen-wait for it-dary.
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How sad that people don't tune in to watch the one award show that is worth watching. Musical theater and straight plays are a true art form and so much more entertaining than the train wrecks of so-called reality tv. I was raised on theater, have performed in regional theater, and my life has been so much richer for it. The routine done by Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris was the highlight of a spectacular show. The brief glimpses at the nominated shows was, as it always is, wonderful.
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Got to admit but I did enjoy watching the Tony Awards last night. Whenever I get to New York, I have to go see the Book of Mormon.
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NPH is just amazing. He's so smooth with it all, it looks like he's not even working his buttocks off. I'm with Tim on this one--when "How I Met Your Mother" ends, we can just give him all the awards shows every year. Well, only the decent ones. He shouldn't be punished with the People's Choice or American Music shows. (Those will go to entertainers who have been bad that year.)
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im not sure about musicals ore the tonys but unlike the mtv awards i actually enjoyed this one niel is awesome and they young people would watch but at 23 i did again mostly because of niel he should host other things and maybe other people will learn how to do it right
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Isn't it sad that the Tony Awards were more entertaining in the first five minutes than the entire MTV Movie Awards.
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And a week ago I was waiting for the Mtv awards, This is the real deal. Hopefully we'll see more down to earth humor in all next awardshows. thumbs up for Neil. Maybe now i can forgive his part in the new Smurfs production.
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