Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise appearance via a pre-filmed tape at the 64th Grammy Awards.
Trevor Noah introduced Zelensky citing that no one is more fit to give the word of hope better than president Zelensky himself. The crowd upon hearing that cheered him.
“One thing that has always made music so powerful is the way it responds to the times. Even in the darkest times, music has the power to lift spirits and give you hope for a brighter tomorrow. And there is nobody who could use a little hope right now more than the people of Ukraine,” Noah said.
Zelensky who spoke in English, urged the audience and the world in general to help Ukraine in any way they can. He urged people to fill the silence with music and to use it to tell stories of war.
“On our land, we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence,” he said.
Fill the silence with your music! Fill it today. To tell our story. Tell the truth about this war on your social networks, on TV. Support us in any way you can, any way but not silence.
He then paved the way for John Legend, who gave a beautiful live piano performance of his song ‘Free’. He was joined by Ukrainian singer Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton.