The last Grammy Awards gala had an unusual guest. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky appeared with a pre-recorded message at the 64th edition of the awards asking musicians for their support in the war against Russia.
The president asked not to be silent about what is happening in his country and encouraged listeners to tell the story of Ukraine through music, television and social networks.
Here is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's pre-taped speech at the #Grammys, introducing a performance for Ukraine from John Legend: "Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals.” https://t.co/rjX2S54hkr pic.twitter.com/43fcZTrjQK
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He also explained what the current situation of Ukrainian musicians is like. “Our musicians wear bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos,” he said. “They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even those who can’t hear them, but the music will break through anyway,” he added.
Zelensky also said that war leaves no choice as to who survives and who remains eternally silent. “In our land we are fighting Russia that brings a horrible silence with her bombs. Fill the silence with your music. It tells our story.” “Chernigov, Kharkiv, Volnovakha, Mariupol and others are already legends. But I dream that they live free, free like you on the Grammy stage, ”he added.
In accordance with Variety, the message was recorded in the last 48 hours in a bunker located in kyiv. Zelensky’s speech was followed by a performance of the song Free by singer John Legend, who was joined by Ukrainian artists Mika Newton, Lyuba Yakimchuk and Siuzanna Igidan.