Live performances on the Today show are often memorable, but the mood was especially uplifting on Monday when Jennifer Lopez and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda took the stage outside of New York's Rockefeller Center to perform their new song, “Love Make the World Go Round,” live to the public for the first time.
Dressed in corresponding white ensembles, the duo belted out and rapped to the track—which honors and benefits the victims of the shooting inside Orlando nightclub Pulse—while surrounded by 50 survivors and family members.
Lopez kicked off the song in an all-white look that showed off her midriff while fans danced along and waved a rainbow of colored bandanas in the air before Miranda joined in. Lopez asked audience members to hold hands with someone nearby and told the crowd, “Spread that love!”
Watch their standout performance here:
The two stars also spoke with Today hosts Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly and dished on why creating the song was so important. “When everything happened in Orlando I kind of heard it in a different way,” Lopez said, explaining that she reimagined the track after months of having it recorded and asked Miranda to come on board. “The world needs this right now. The world really needs the message of love being the answer. And that’s what really matters and that’s what really makes the world go round.”
Miranda also opened up about the emotional speech he delivered at the 2016 Tony Awards. “It was all that was on my mind as we were getting ready to perform at the Tonys,” he said and explained why teaming up with Lopez was a no-brainer. “It felt like the perfect sort of way to amplify that message ... and do something good for people.”
Watch their full interview here: