Simon Cowell Planning Grenfell Fire Benefit Single, Hans Zimmer Pays Tribute to Victims

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Simon Cowell photographed for Season 11 of America's Got Talent.

Like so many British citizens, America's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell was horrified by the images from the Grenfell Tower fire that took the lives of 17 people earlier this week in London. Because he's a music mogul, Cowell said he's going to do something about it, teasing plans to announce an all-star single to raise money for "the many people affected by the tragedy." 

In a tweet on Thursday night (June 15), Cowell said he was "making calls tonight." Cowell's address book runs deep, as the former American Idol judge and Syco Records boss has a roster that includes Louis Tomlinson, Little Mix, Il Divo and Fifth Harmony among many others.

At press time Cowell -- who joined a roster of British stars who sent their thoughts and prayers to the victims, including the dozens injured in the fire that destroyed the 24-story residential tower -- had not offered an update on the project.

Also pledging to help those affected was famed movie composer Hans Zimmer, who paid tribute to the dead and injured at a Thursday night concert at the SSE Arena Wembley in England. According to the NME, Zimmer, backed by Johnny Marr's song Nile and an all-star orchestra, played a 39-song set that including his scores to Wonder WomanInception, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Lion King, Interstellar and many others.

“I don’t know how to not mention what happened yesterday,” Zimmer told the crowd before a performance of "Roll Tide" from The Crimson Tide, “but when a tragedy happens you all pull together.” The composer vowed to donate all proceeds from the show to those affected by the tragedy, saying "we are all London" during a standing ovation.

The show also featured a reunion with Zimmer's pal Trevor Horn to perform the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," whose groundbreaking video Zimmer had a cameo in.