Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda teamed up for the release of their joint single “Love Make the World Go Round” on Friday, and now the pair has given an impassioned first live performance of the charity track during Monday’s episode of the Today show.
As approximately 50 survivors (and their families) of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando watched from the audience, Lopez, clad in a lace top and matching high-waisted pants, danced atop a video screen showing an image of a rainbow-colored globe as she sang the dancehall-inspired track’s verses.
Midway through the performance, Miranda, fresh from performing his last Hamilton show on Broadway, made his way to the stage through the audience, rapping his bars as signs reading “Love” in multicolored lettering and a sea of rainbow-colored flags held by the crowd framed him from behind. Lopez then prompted the audience to take the hand of the person standing next to them and hold it high as the performance concluded.
“I had this song, I’ve had it for maybe eight months, and I love [it], I love the hook. When everything happened in Orlando, I kind of heard it in a different way, and I was like, ‘The world needs this right now, the world really needs the message of love being the answer,'” Lopez told Today‘s Carson Daly and Savannah Guthrie after the performance. “I decided it needed a rework, and I wanted to put somebody on the bridge… I had seen Lin’s speech on the Tonys and thought he was the perfect person to do this with me. I stalked him… and I was like, ‘We have to do this!'”
All proceeds from the single go toward people impacted by the shooting in Orlando, inclujding the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando, which, according to its website, aims to provide “long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual,” including crisis intervention.
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“Love Make the World Go Round,” available now on iTunes, marks Lopez’s second charity single of the past week, as she also joined Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, and more on the benefit track “Hands,” released on Wednesday.
Watch Lopez and Miranda perform “Love Make the World Go Round” on Today in the video below.