Zelenskyy appears from Ukraine at Grammys

During the biggest night of music, John Legend and the Recording Academy took time to honor victims of the current war in Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speak to many in a pre-recorded message from Ukrainewhere he told the audience about the importance of music and continued support for Ukraine.

“The war does not let us choose who survives and who remains in eternal silence,” Zelenskyy said in the pre-taped message. “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded in hospitals. Even for those who can not hear them. But the music will break through. “

During the announcement, 12-time Grammy winner John Legend performed “Free”, accompanied by Siuzanna Iglidan, Mika Newton and Lyuba Yakimchuck, three Ukrainian artists.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will appear on screen during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022.

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In addition to Legend, Iglidan played the bandura, a Ukrainian folk instrument that is considered the national musical instrument, reports CBS Denver.

“We are defending our freedom,” Zelenskyy added. “To live. To love. To sound. On our land we fight Russia that brings terrible silence with its bombs. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it in today. Tell our story. Tell the truth about the war on your social networks and tv. But do not keep quiet. “

Zelenskyy appeared earlier Sunday on “Face the Nation”, and host Margaret Brennan told that Russian invasionnow in the sixth week, is about “the destruction and annihilation” of the more than 100 nationalities in his country.

“Indeed, this is genocide – the elimination of the whole nation and the people,” Zelenskyy said.

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