Zelenskyy makes video appearances at Grammys

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a video appearance at Sunday’s Grammys, urging viewers to “support us in any way you can.”

“What’s more unlike music? The silence of devastated cities and murdered people,” Zelenskyy said in a video message after being introduced by host Trevor Noah.

“Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even to those they cannot hear,” he continued. “But the music will break through anyway. We defend our freedom to live, to love, to sound. On our land we are fighting against Russia, which with its bombs brings horrible silence. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it out today to tell our story. Tell the truth about the war, on your social networks, on TV. Support us in any way you can, but do not keep quiet. For all our cities, war destroys. “they are legends already. But I have a dream that they live. And for free. For free like you on the Grammy stage.”

His video appearance was followed by an appearance by John Legend. Legend became a member of Ukrainian artists Siuzanna Iglidan, from Odesa, and Mika Newton, whose sister serves in the Ukrainian army.

The Grammys collaborated with Global Citizen and the international campaign Stand Up for Ukraine for the special segment.

“Even in the darkest times, music has the power to lift spirits and give you hope for a brighter tomorrow,” Noah said. “And there is no one who can use a little more hope now than the people of Ukraine.”

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement to the show that he hopes the segment “inspires our global audience to get involved in supporting these critical humanitarian efforts.”

“We are heartbroken by the situation in Ukraine, yet moved by the resilient spirit that is seen every day,” Mason said.


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