6:14am PT by Ashley Lee
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez Perform "Love Makes the World Go Round" for Orlando Victims' Families
Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda performed their new Orlando-inspired peace anthem entitled "Love Make the World Go Round" on Today on Monday morning.
The track, made available for download on July 7 on iTunes, benefits the Hispanic Federation's Proyecto Somos Orlando initiative, which "will address the long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual. Proyecto will enable care to be delivered to those affected directly in the communities in which they live. Beyond emergency assistance, they will be provided with case management, crisis intervention and mental health services, among other needs."
Fifty survivors and family members of the victims of the Orlando tragedy were present in the Rockefeller Plaza crowd for the performance.
Beginning with a clip of the Hamilton creator's "Love is love" speech at the Tony Awards, the dance track features Miranda — fresh off his last Hamilton performance — rapping about peace and love ("A generation of innovators enabled to patiently wait for change 'cause change is what they've been afraid of / the malevolence can wait, raise a level of debate, celebrate, elevate") while Lopez sings the titular line to ring in the chorus: "We're not staying inside today / they're not taking our pride away."
How did the song come to be? Lopez explained on Today that she's had the song for eight months, but "when everything happened in Orlando, I heard it in a different way for the first time. I was like, 'The world needs this right now. The world really needs the message of love being the answer. That's what really matters; that's what really makes the world go round, nothing else. Hate, anger, it's not gonna get us anywhere.'" She then approached Miranda about rapping on the bridge of the track.
Watch the performance below.