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Grammys 2022: Ukraine President Zelensky appeals in taped video, 'Support us in any way, but silence' | WATCH

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. He appealed for support for his country and asked the industry's top artists to "fill the silence" brought by war with music. Watch the video here!

India TV Entertainment Desk Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi Updated on: April 04, 2022 10:03 IST
Grammys 2022: Ukraine President Zelensky
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Grammys 2022: Ukraine President Zelensky

Highlights

  • Zelensky delivered his message ahead of a performance from John Legend
  • The video introduced John Legend's performance of 'Free' as part of special tribute to Ukraine
  • John Legend was joined by Ukrainian singer Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared at the 64th annual Grammy Awards to give a pre-taped speech amid Russia's continued invasion of his country. "The war. What is more opposite of music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people," Zelensky said.

"Our children draw swooping rockets, not shooting stars. Over 400 children have been injured and 153 children died, and we will never see them drawing. Our parents are happy to wake up in the morning in bomb shelters, but alive.

"Our loved ones don't know if we will be together again. The war doesna¿t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence," the President said.

Zelensky shot the video within the last 48 hours in a bunker in Kiev. The video introduced John Legend's performance about two hours into the show.

Watch the video:

"Our musicians wear body armour 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. We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound.

"On our land, we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today. Tell our story. Tell the truth about the war on your social networks and TV. But not silence," said the President.

Prior to the 2022 Grammys telecast, it was unclear whether or not Zelensky would appear via satellite or a pre-taped video segment, if at all.

Zelensky did not appear a week prior during the 2022 Oscars, despite much speculation around his appearance.

The idea of Zelensky making an Oscars appearance was first floated by co-host Amy Schumer during an interview on 'The Drew Barrymore Show'.

Schumer said she pitched the ceremony's producers on getting Zelensky involved.

Also read: Grammy Awards 2022: Winners, performances to red carpet, everything about the musical event | LIVE

The Recording Academy had said it would collaborate with Global Citizen -- an international education and advocacy organisation working to catalyse the movement to end extreme poverty, and the 'Stand Up For Ukraine' movement to give a special segment to Ukraine.

Also read: Grammys 2022: BTS' united fashion to Hailey Bieber & Halsey, celebs showcase their stylish game on red carpet

-with IANS inputs

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