J.Lo and Miranda perform tribute concert for Orlando attack victims

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez singing Love Make The World Go Round live at Rockefeller Plaza.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez singing Love Make The World Go Round live at Rockefeller Plaza.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • United States pop diva Jennifer Lopez and Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda put out a musical tribute on Monday to victims of the Orlando nightclub attack, with proceeds going to charity.

Love Make The World Go Round was tinged with an uptempo synthpop beat and resilient messages, such as when Lopez sings: "Those who hate us and fear us cannot keep us down."

Lopez and Miranda, who had teased the song a week ago, performed it on NBC's Today show on a New York summer day to fans outside Rockefeller Center.

The pair, who were to also play on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, put the song on sale over iTunes.

The title of Love Make The World Go Round comes from a Tony Awards acceptance speech by Miranda, who has created one of Broadway's biggest hits in years with Hamilton.

He acted for the last time in the trailblazing hip-hop musical last Saturday, with the cast's final performance attended by celebrities ranging from Lopez to filmmaker Spike Lee to United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

Lopez and Miranda are both of Puerto Rican origin. Many of the victims of the June 12 attack were also Hispanic.

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 injured when gunman Omar Mateen attacked the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando.

The mass shooting was the deadliest in modern US history.

Proceeds from the song will go to the Hispanic Foundation's Somos Orlando fund, which will provide mental health services to survivors.

Lopez also took part in a more mournful charity song, Hands, which came out last week and features other stars including Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Imagine Dragons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2016, with the headline 'J.Lo and Miranda perform tribute concert for Orlando attack victims'. Print Edition | Subscribe