Water Mill’s Jennifer Lopez and Hamilton writer/composer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda performed their song “Love Make the World Go Round” during Monday’s TODAY. The song is a tribute to those affected by the shooting in Orlando, with the sales benefiting the survivors. The audience included 50 survivors and their families.
The incident occurred in the early morning hours of June 12, when 29-year-old Omar Mateen entered gay nightclub Pulse and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others before being shot and killed by police after a three-hour standoff. The horrific incident is now the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, deadliest act of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history and the deadliest terrorist attack since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
The 70th Tony Awards, which took place later that evening, were tinged with sadness and pleas by presenters and winners to stop the continued senseless violence throughout the country. Miranda gave a now-iconic speech after winning the award for Best Original Score for Hamilton:
“We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs and start to play when senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day. This show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall, and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. As sacred as a symphony Eliza [Hamilton, from the musical] tells her story. Now fill the world with music, love and pride. And thank you so much for this.”
Miranda’s impassioned “Love is love” can be heard throughout “Love Make the World Go Round.” The multi-talented star performed his final show as Alexander Hamilton this past weekend.
Watch the “Love Make the World Go Round” below. Purchase the song on iTunes.