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Musicians React to Orlando Massacre

Musicians from every genre shared their emotional reactions to the terror attack.

By Radio.com Staff

As word spread of the horrific mass shooting at Pulse, an Orlando, Florida club early Sunday morning, several musicians took to twitter to express their rage and sorrow about the the tragedy. At press time, there have been 50 reported deaths and 53 additional people were injured, according to CBS News.

While many artists expressed messages of sadness, One Republic noted that it was the second high profile gun related death in Orlando in as many days, following the murder of singer Christina Grimme the day before. Melissa Etheridge added to that, using the trending hashtag #EndGunViolence. Meanwhile, Clay Aitken responded to a tweet from Donald Trump, asking if he had the courage to call the massacre a hate crime. (At press time, Trump had not responded.)

Additionally, the TONY Awards, which take place tonight in New York City, tweeted that tonight’s ceremony is dedicated to the victims of the attack.

Last night - in celebration of pride- a group of people - people like you or me or your neighbors or family were dancing & listening to music & celebrating life, just like you or me or your neighbors would. And then, one man and his guns took that life away from them. That's cruel. And it's exactly against what America stands for. I try to make music that hopefully brings joy to people and makes people dance and makes people feel and makes people LOVE... Because there's nothing more pure and beautiful than that act- and the fact that that resulted in the largest mass shooting in American history leaves me heartbroken. I used to LIVE there. I hope we can wake up and realize we are ALL THE SAME. Just humans. One species. Just wanting to be LOVED. #PrayForOrlando #MoreLoveLessHate

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You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard 'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin' in my own backyard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise...Maya Angelou #prayersfororlando #rise #gay #pride #america #love #pulse #prayfororlando #onelove

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