Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a speech at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, describing Russia’s invasion and what, inparticular, the country’s musicians are doing in repsonse, CNN reports.
“The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” Zelensky said. “Our children draw swooping rockets, not shooting stars. Over 400 children have been injured and 153 children have died. And we will never see them drawing.”
The war does not let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence, he said.
“Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos,” he said. “They sing to the wounded. In hospitals.”
He added that “the music will break through anyway,” and spoke about Ukraine defending its freedom: “To live. To love. To sound out.”
Zelensky urged those listening to: “Tell the truth about the war. On your social networks. On TV. Support us in any way you can. Any. Just don’t be silent."
“And then peace will come, to all of our cities that the war is destroying,” he said. “Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovakha, Mariupol and others. They are legends already. But I have a dream of them living. And free. Free like you on the Grammy stage.”
After Zelensky's address, singer John Legend and several Ukrainian singers performed the song “Free” together.