Beyoncé, James Corden, Adele and more star tributes to Orlando

Stars like Beyoncé, James Corden and Adele have rallied their support for the victims of the tragic Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53 more on June 12. The celebrities have been paying tribute on social media and with performances.

One recent tribute came on Tuesday from Beyoncé. During her Formation World tour stop at Detroit’s Ford Field, the Grammy winner dedicated her performance of Halo to the families of the Orlando shooting victims.

“This next song is about love,” the 34-year-old told concert goers, before closing out the show with the ballad. “And I’d like to dedicate it to all the family members of those who lost their lives in Florida.”

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling also expressed her sadness over Sunday's mass shooting. One of the victims Luis Vielma worked at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Upon learning the news, the British novelist tweeted, "Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old. I can't stop crying. #Orlando."

A friend of Luis', Victoria Bidorini, responded to the author telling her that she would have been proud of her late pal who was a Gryffindor. She also informed J.K. of another friend of hers named Tony who is in ICU following the attack. The Harry Potter creator tweeted back writing, "I'm praying Tony pulls through. My thoughts are with all of you #LoveIsLove."

The June 12 attack claimed the lives of 49 innocent club goers, while injuring 53 others. Described by police as an act of terrorism, the high death toll has marked this as the worst mass shooting in American history.


Adele dedicated Sunday's show to the victims

On Sunday, Adele dedicated her concert in Antwerp, Belgium to the victims of the attack. “I’d like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando and Pulse nightclub,” the Hello singer told the audience as her eyes welled up with tears. “The LGBTQA community, they’re like my soul mates since I was really young, so I’m really moved by it.” Trying to lighten the somber mood, she joked, "I don’t know why I’m crying already, because most of tonight is pretty miserable because my songs are f--king miserable."


That same night, the 70th annual Tony Awards in New York were dedicated to the victims. Host James Corden opened the show on a somber note addressing viewers saying, "On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity." He added, "All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, embraced, and loved. Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle."

During his acceptance speech for Best Original Score, Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda got emotional when reading his sonnet dedicated to the victims and their loved ones. "We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger," he said as tears began to form. "We rise and fall and light from dying embers. Remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love."

James Corden opened the 2016 Tony Awards with a remembrance Photo: YouTube

Meanwhile, country artist Dolly Parton opened up about the incident in Toronto urging everyone to love each other more. "We should love one another a little more, don't you think?" she told reporters. "That's horrible. It wouldn't matter what kind of club it was," she added. "I am not God, I am no judge, I just know that God loves us all."

Other stars including Reese Witherspoon and Kelly Rowland have taken to social media to share their horror at the tragic event and send their condolences to the victims and their families. "I'm heartbroken by this tragedy," Reese wrote. "Praying for Orlando and the suffering created by this senseless violence." Kelly echoed the actress' words writing, "Heartbreaking. #PrayForOrlando."


Celebrities including John Legend and Julianne Moore have begun demanding a change to gun laws in the United States. "Horrified by the mass shooting in Orlando," John Legend wrote on Twitter. "When will we do something to prevent these killing sprees?" Similarly, Julianne penned, "How many people have to be killed before we act as a nation to #EndGunViolence? #Orlando @Everytown @MomsDemand."

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