Grammys 2022 sees Ukrainian President Zelenskyy make a virtual appearance: ‘Fill the silence with your music’

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a virtual appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

During a pre-taped broadcast aired Sunday, Zelenskyy addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers for support in telling the story of Ukraine’s invasion of Russia.

Zelenskyy likened the invasion to a deadly silence that threatens to extinguish the dreams and lives of Ukrainian people, including children.

“The war does not let us choose who survives and who remains in eternal silence,” the Ukrainian president began. “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded in hospitals. They sing for the wounded in hospitals, even for those who cannot hear. But the music will still break through.”

He remarked, “We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound.”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a virtual appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a virtual appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Zelenskyy went on to add: “In our country we are fighting against Russia that brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it in today. Tell our story.”

Zelenskyy also added: “Support us in any way you can. Any – but not silence.”

According to Variety, Zelenskyy filmed the pre-taped segment within the last 48 hours from a bunker in Kiev.

“On our land, we are fighting against Russia that brings terrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it in today. Tell our story.”

– President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy’s performance was followed by a performance led by John Legend and Ukrainian musicians Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton, as well as poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

On screens behind it were images from the war.

Newton song “Free” by Legend alongside Iglidan. Newton is from Burstyn, Ukraine. The Grammys went on to mention that their sister is currently serving at home in the Ukrainian army as they fight against Russia.

During a pre-taped broadcast aired Sunday, Zelenskyy addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers for support in telling the story of Ukraine's invasion of Russia.

During a pre-taped broadcast aired Sunday, Zelenskyy addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers for support in telling the story of Ukraine’s invasion of Russia.
(Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)

During the performance, Iglidan played the bandura, a Ukrainian instrument with plucking strings, while Legend sat on the piano.

Iglidan, who hails from Odesa, Ukraine, shared photos leading up to her big performance on Sunday, with the caption, “I’m in the middle of this stage for all these famous musicians – Lady Gaga, John Legend , many, many others, “she said.

She went on: “I came on stage and watched this enormous theater and barely stopped my tears, started crying. I could not stop my emotions because I am there for all the FS who show how beautiful Ukrainian culture and music sounds. “

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Mika Newton and John Legend perform on stage at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

Mika Newton and John Legend perform on stage at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Yakimchuk also stood on stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The Grammys note that Yakimchuk Donbas had fled.

Zelenskyy and the show received a standing ovation.

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During an interview earlier on Sunday, Zelenskyy reacted to disturbing new images coming from a suburb of the capital Kiev showing the bodies of executed citizens by calling Russia’s attacks “genocide”.

“Indeed, this is genocide,” Zelenskyy said during a “Face the Nation” interview on CBS. “The elimination of an entire nation, and the people – we are citizens of Ukraine.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.

Cameron Cawthorne and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report


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