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America is still healing after a gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub taking the lives of 49 innocent people and injuring at least 53.

So, when the Dixie Chicks took the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 13, they did what they could to help fans stay strong.

“A real asshole did something really bad this week and made us feel not ready to make nice,” said Dixie Chicks frontwoman, Natalie Maines. “But we cannot let the hatred and the anger win out. We’ve got to put positivity out there in the Universe.”

To put the power of positivity to work, the Dixie Chicks channeled their rendition of Ben Harper’s “Better Way.” During their performance, a ginormous rainbow-colored heart lit up the stage behind them. And it was just the kind of tribute we needed, because it gave us a glimmer of hope for better days to come.

When the Dixie Chicks first heard the news about the tragic massacre on June 12, they took to social media and tweeted, “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the friends and families who have lost their loved ones to violence in Orlando this week.”

They then added, “It’s so important during these times to stay united as people against this misguided hatred.”

Watch the clip above to see the Dixie Chicks’ powerful tribute to the Orlando victims.

Melinda Lorge |