Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Makes Surprise Appearance at the Grammys

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise virtual appearance at the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on April 3, urging people to “tell the truth” about the Russian invasion.

“What’s more opposite to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” Zelensky told viewers and attendees in a video reportedly taped days before the event in a bunker in Kyiv.

“Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals — even to those who can’t hear them. But the music will break through anyway,” Zelensky further said.

“Fill the silence with your music! Fill it today — to tell our story. Tell the truth about this war on your social networks, on TV. Support us in any way you can. Any — but not silence. And then peace will come,” Zelensky also said.

Zelensky’s address preceded a live musical performance by John Legend and several Ukrainian artists of Legend’s song “Free” in dedication to the people of Ukraine.

Legend’s performance included images from the war and featured Lyuba Yakimchuk, a poet from Donbas, Ukraine, who recited words including, “Protect my motherland.”

Zelensky’s appearance at the 2022 Grammys came a week after the 2022 Oscars missed an opportunity to include Zelensky, despite co-host Amy Schumer revealing that he had suggested the idea to the organizers.

Instead, the Academy Awards broadcast a pro-Ukraine message during the ceremony.

Last month, Zelensky delivered an address to the United States Congress.


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