“The silence of destroyed cities and killed people. Our kids drew falling rockets, not shooting stars,” he said. “More than 400 children were injured and 153 children died. And we will never see her paint.”
He tied this to the music industry’s biggest night, saying, “War doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence.”
“Our musicians wear protective vests instead of tuxedos,” he said. “They sing for the wounded. In hospitals.”
He added that “music will break through anyway” and spoke of his country defending its freedom to “live. to love. to sound.”
Zelensky implored the audience: “Tell the truth about the war. In your social networks. On TV. Support us in any way you can.
“And then peace will come. The war is destroying all our cities,” he said. “Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovakha, Mariupol and others. They are already legends. But I dream that they live. And free. Free like you on the Grammy stage.”
His speech was followed by a performance of singer John Legend’s “Free,” joined by Ukrainian artists Mika Newton, Lyuba Yakimchuk and Siuzanna Igidan.
https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/03/entertainment/zelensky-grammys/index.html President Volodymyr Zelenskyy performs at the Grammys