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Ukraine’s President Zelensky Appears in a Virtual Appearance at the Grammys 2022: ‘Fill the Silence with Your Music’

Ukraine's President Zelensky Appears in a Virtual Appearance at the Grammys 2022: 'Fill the Silence with Your Music'

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Made a virtual appearance during the 2022 Grammy Awards.

during pre-tape appearance Airing on Sunday, Zelensky addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers for support in telling the story of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Zelensky likened the invasion to a deadly silence that threatened to extinguish the dreams and lives of the Ukrainian people, including children.

Ukraine’s president began, “War does not allow us to choose who survives and who lives in eternal silence.” “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded in hospitals. They sing for the wounded in hospitals, even for those who can’t hear them. But the music will break anyway. “

He said, “We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound.”

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky makes a virtual appearance during the 2022 Grammy Awards.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky makes a virtual appearance during the 2022 Grammy Awards.
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Zelensky continued, “On our land, we are fighting Russia which brings with its bombs the eerie silence. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today. Tell our story.”

Zelensky also said, “Support us in any way you can. No one – but silence.”

According to Variety, Zelensky filmed a pre-taped segment from a bunker in Kyiv within the past 48 hours.

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

— President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

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

War pictures were shown on the screen behind them.

Newton sang “Free” by Legend with Igliden. Newton is from Burstyn, Ukraine. Grammy mentioned that her sister is currently serving in the Ukraine army as they are fighting against Russia.

During a pre-taped appearance that aired on Sunday, Zelensky addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers for support in telling the story of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

During a pre-taped appearance that aired on Sunday, Zelensky addressed the ongoing war with Russia, asking viewers for support in telling the story of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
(Matt Winkelmeier/Getty Images)

During the performance, Iglidon played the bandura, a pluck-string Ukrainian instrument, while Legend was on the piano.

Iglidan, from Odessa, Ukraine, shared photos from her big performance on Sunday, captioning the photos, “I’m sitting in the middle of this stage in front of all these famous musicians – Lady Gaga, John Legend, many, many others. ,” He said.

She continued: “I came on stage and saw this huge theater and could barely hold back my tears, started crying. I couldn’t hold back my emotions because I’m there in front of the whole of America showing Ukraine’s culture and music How beautiful it sounds.”

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Mika Newton and John Legend perform on stage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

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

Yakimchuk was also on stage during Sunday night’s Grammys performance. Grammy noted that Yakimchuk had fled from the Donbass.

Zelensky and the performance received a standing ovation.

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Earlier on Sunday during an interview, zelensky Russia reacted to disturbing new images coming from a suburb of the capital Kyiv showing bodies of civilians killed, calling the attacks a “genocide”.

“Actually, it’s genocide,” Zelensky said during a “Face the Nation” Interview on CBS. “The eradication of an entire nation and people – we are citizens of Ukraine.”

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

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

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