J-Lo & “Hamilton” Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Talk Orlando Charity Duet: “We Both Felt Very Inspired”

   Jul 13

J-Lo & “Hamilton” Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Talk Orlando Charity Duet: “We Both Felt Very Inspired”

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJennifer Lopez and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda performed their new charity single "Love Make the World Go Round" on Tuesday's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  The song benefits the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, and J-Lo asked Miranda to join her after being impressed by his Tony Awards acceptance speech, in which he declared, "And love is love is love."

"I had this song for a few months...I was just holding on to it for some reason," Jennifer tells ABC Radio. "I thought, 'The world needs this song right now.'"  She adds, "I had seen Lin’s speech on the Tonys. It moved me to tears. I thought, 'I wonder if he would ever do anything like this?'" 

So she reached out "aggressively," J-Lo laughs, to Miranda, pointing out that many of the victims were Puerto Rican, just as they are.

"I felt like the two of us could actually be a powerful voice," says Jennifer.

Though J-Lo knew Miranda was crazy busy, she told him, "I feel like we have to step up."  So Miranda signed on, saying, "You can't make the argument 'I'm busy' with J-Lo. She's the busiest person alive!"

The two completed the lyrics in 20 minutes, says Jennifer.  Miranda laughs, "It took me seven years to write Hamilton, so I’m not used to working this fast! But the mission was so clear...that I think we both felt very inspired."

The song includes excerpts of Miranda's Tony speech, and a rap about "feeling safe on the dance floor again."  As he tells ABC Radio, "To counteract terror and fear with this message of love...it felt so important." 

"Love Make the World Go Round" is available for download now, and all proceeds go to the Somos Orlando fund, which helps the Orlando victims and their families.

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