The 2022 Grammys was greater than an evening of celebration.
Through the April 3 awards present, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared in a video message to introduce John Legend, who was performing a musical tribute for these who’re struggling amid the Ukraine-Russia disaster. Earlier than handing the stage over to Legend, President Zelenskyy made a plea for assist for Ukraine.
“The battle. What’s extra reverse to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed individuals,” the Ukrainian chief somberly shared. “Our kids draw swooping rockets, not taking pictures stars. Over 400 kids have been injured and 153 kids died. And we’ll by no means see them drawing.”
In response to President Zelenskyy, mother and father in Ukraine “are joyful to get up within the morning—in bomb shelters, however alive. Our family members do not know if we can be collectively once more.”
Tying his message into the musical theme of the night time, President Zelenskyy continued, “Our musicians put on physique armor as an alternative of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded. In hospitals. Even to those that cannot hear them. However the music will break via anyway. We defend our freedom. To dwell, to like, to sound.”