“The music will be heard in spite of everything”: Ukrainian president’s message of peace to the Grammys

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has not stopped asking for help from the international community. On Sunday, April 3, as the 64th Annual Grammy Awards were held, the ceremony that rewards the best musical artists of the year in the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky sent a message of peace to the artists in attendance that evening.

“The war. What exactly is the opposite of music? The silence of cities in ruins and people killed”thus launched to the meeting Volodymyr Zelensky in his recorded speech, reports: Paris match

“Our musicians wear bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded in the hospitals, even for those who can’t hear them. But the music will still be heard.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

The President of Ukraine continued his speech with a powerful message about the power of art and music in the face of the horrors of war: “We defend our freedom to live, love and be heard. On our land we fight against Russia, the bearer of a terrible silence, with its bombs. Dead quiet. Fill this silence with your music.”

An information war has also been raging since the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky then took advantage of this speech to recall the importance of information: “Tell the truth about the war on your social media, on TV. Support us in any way you can, except silence. And then comes the peace.”

The Prayer of John Legend and His Guests

After this recording aired, there was a performance by John Legend on the Grammy stage for his new song “Free”. He was joined by Ukrainian artists Lyuba Yakimchuk, Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton.

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On Instagram, the American singer said: “Free is a prayer. It is a prayer for world peace. A prayer for all dispossessed and displaced”before adding that he got this new song a week after seeing . had written “the horrific images of the brutal and senseless invasion of Ukraine by a regime without moral justification”

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