On Sunday evening at the 64th Annual Grammy's, Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded to the star-studded audience "to tell the truth" about the Russian invasion of Ukraine during a powerful speech about the power of music.
Comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah introduced President Zelensky and said, "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's nobody who could use a little hope right now more than the people of Ukraine."
All eyes swiftly moved their attention to a video screen where Zelensky appeared wearing his infamous green T-shirt.
"Fill the silence with your music!" Zelensky said in the video address. "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 — but not silence. And then peace will come."
"To all our cities the war is destroying — Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovakhna, Mariupol and others — they are legends already. But I have a dream of them living. And free. Free like you on the Grammy stage," Zelensky said to cheers from the audience.
Zelensky explained that while American musicians wear glitz and glamour as they celebrate safely inside the Las Vegas venue, Ukranian musicians are decked out in body armor risking their safety in the middle of war zones.
"Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos," Zelensky said. "They sing to the wounded in hospitals. Even to those who can't hear them. But the music will break through anyway."
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