Lin-Manuel Miranda gave his final Hamilton performance on Broadway on Saturday, but you didn’t think he’d take a break, did you? This morning Miranda and Jennifer Lopez performed their new single, “Love Make the World Go Round,” via live performance on The Today Show.
In a post-performance interview with hosts Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly, Lopez explained how the collaboration came about. Lopez had the song kicking around for eight months or so, and then the Orlando shootings happened. “I was like, ‘The world needs this right now. The world really needs the message of love being the answer.'”
Miranda’s acceptance speech at the Tony Awards earlier this month — which he memorably rapped — convinced Lopez that he was “the perfect person to do this with me.” (Both Lopez and Miranda were born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents.)
The song is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando organization, which aims to provide long-term mental health care services to the victims and their families. About 50 survivors of the June 12 Pulse Nightclub shooting attended the Today Show performance, which ended with J. Lo encouraging everyone in the audience to take the hand of the person next to them “no matter who they are.”