Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a shock look on the Grammys on Sunday, urging assist for his nation and asking the business’s prime artists to “fill the silence” introduced by battle with music.
Mr. Zelensky delivered his pre-taped message forward of a efficiency from John Legend of the track “Free,” joined by Ukrainian singer Mika Newton, musician Siuzanna Iglidan and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.
“What’s extra reverse to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed folks,” Mr. Zelensky mentioned.
“Our musicians put on physique armour as a substitute of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even to those that cannot hear them. However the music will break by anyway.”
“We defend our freedom to dwell, to like, to sound,” he mentioned.
“On our land, we’re preventing Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The useless silence. Fill the silence along with your music, fill it in the present day to inform our story.”
His look on music’s largest night time in the US comes as international outrage at accusations of Russian battle crimes in Ukraine mounts, with the invention of mass graves and corpses in cities close to Kyiv.
Mr. Zelensky has straight blamed leaders in Moscow for the “torture” and “killings” of civilians.
“Inform the reality concerning the battle in your social networks, on TV. Help us in any method you may — any, however not silence,” he mentioned in his Grammy message. “After which peace will come.”
“To all our cities the battle is destroying— Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovakha, Mariupol and others: They’re legends already, however they’ve a dream of them residing, and free.”
“Free such as you, on the Grammy stage.”