The 2022 Grammys see Ukrainian President Zelenskyy make a virtual appearance: ‘Fill the silence with your music’ – Reuters News in France and abroad

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a virtual appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

During a pre-recorded appearance that aired on Sunday, Zelenskyy addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers to help tell the story of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Zelenskyy compared the invasion to a deadly silence threatening to extinguish the dreams and lives of the Ukrainian people, including children.

“War does not let us choose who will survive and who will remain in eternal silence,” began the Ukrainian president. “Our musicians wear bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded in the hospitals. They sing for the wounded in the hospitals, even for those who cannot hear them. But the music will break through anyway. »

He noted, “We stand for our freedom. To live. To love. To ring. »

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a virtual appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Zelenskyy added: “On our land we are fighting against Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Complete it today. Tell our story. »

Zelenskyy also added: “Support us in any way you can. Any – but not silence. »

According to Variety, Zelenskyy filmed the pre-recorded segment over the past 48 hours from a bunker in Kyiv.

“On our land, we are fighting against Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Complete it today. Tell our story. »

— President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy’s appearance was followed by a performance led by John Legend and Ukrainian musicians Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton, as well as poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

Images of the war were projected on screens behind them.

Newton sang Legend’s “Free” alongside Iglidan. Newton is from Burstyn, Ukraine. The Grammys went on to mention that her sister is currently back home serving in the Ukrainian military as she fights against Russia.

During a pre-recorded appearance that aired on Sunday, Zelenskyy addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers to help tell the story of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

During the performance, Iglidan played the bandura, a Ukrainian plucked string instrument, while Legend was on the piano.

Iglidan, who is from Odessa, Ukraine, shared photos ahead of her big performance on Sunday, captioning the footage, “I’m sitting in the middle of this stage in front of all these famous musicians — Lady Gaga, John Legend, from many, many more,” she said.

She continued, “I got on stage and looked at this huge theater and barely holding back my tears, I started crying. I couldn’t stop my emotions because I’m there in front of all of the United States showing how beautiful Ukrainian culture and music looks like. ”

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Mika Newton and John Legend perform onstage at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

Mika Newton and John Legend perform onstage at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Yakimchuk was also on stage during the Grammy performance on Sunday night. The Grammys noted that Yakimchuk fled Donbass.

Zelenskyy and the performance received a standing ovation.

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During an interview earlier on Sunday, Zelenskyy reacted to disturbing new footage from a suburb of the capital Kyiv showing the bodies of executed civilians by calling the Russian attacks a “genocide”.

“Indeed, this is genocide,” Zelenskyy said during a “Facing the nation” interview on CBS. “The elimination of a whole nation and people – we are Ukrainian citizens. »

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.

Cameron Cawthorne of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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