Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a transferring Grammys speech concerning the energy of music – urging American artists to make use of their skills to “inform the reality about” Russia’s struggle on his nation.
“Fill the silence together with your music!” Zelensky stated in a video handle earlier than introducing Ukrainian singer Mika Newton — whose sister is preventing the Russian military — and refugee poet Lyuba Yakimchuk for a efficiency with John Legend on the sobering track “Free.”
“Fill it as we speak to inform our story. Inform the reality about this struggle in your social networks, on TV. Assist us in any manner you possibly can. Any — however not silence. After which peace will come,” he stated to cheers from the viewers.
Zelensky, in his iconic inexperienced tee, stated music can finish the silence imposed by the terrors of struggle.
“To all our cities the struggle is destroying — Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovakhna, Mariupol and others — they’re legends already. However I’ve a dream of them dwelling. And free. Free such as you on the Grammy stage.”
Zelensky additionally painted an image of the dramatically totally different lives of Ukrainian musicians who’ve answered their nation’s name to arms versus these in attendance on the ritzy awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
“Our musicians put on physique armor as a substitute of tuxedos,” he stated. “They sing to the wounded in hospitals. Even to those that can’t hear them. However the music will break by anyway.”