Zelenskyy Grammys Speech: President of Ukraine performs at awards ceremony

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards to deliver a pre-taped speech amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of his country. An insider confirmed the performance diversity before the Grammys Transmission. President Zelenskyy filmed the video in a bunker in Kyiv within the last 48 hours. The video featured John Legend’s performance about two hours into the show.

“War. What is the opposite of music? The silence of destroyed cities and killed people,” Zelenskyy said. “Our children paint falling rockets, not shooting stars. Over 400 children were injured and 153 children died, and we will never see them paint . Our parents like waking up in the morning in bomb shelters, but alive. Our loved ones don’t know if we’ll be together again. War doesn’t let us decide who survives and who stays in eternal silence.”

Zelenskyy continued, “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded in hospitals. Even for those who can’t hear them. But the music will break through anyway. We defend our freedom. Life. Love. Sound. In our country we are fighting against Russia, which is causing terrible silence with its bombs. Fill the silence with your music. Complete it today. Tell our story. Tell the truth about the war on your social media and on TV. But don’t be silent.”

Ahead of the 2022 Grammys broadcast, it was unclear whether or not Zelenskyy would appear, if at all, via satellite or a pre-recorded video segment. Zelenskyy didn’t appear at the 2022 Oscars a week earlier, despite much speculation about his performance. The idea of ​​Zelenskyy appearing at the Oscars was swam first by co-host Amy Schumer during an interview on The Drew Barrymore Show. Schumer said she advised the ceremony’s producers to include Zelenskyy.

Oscar co-producer Will Packer said at a press conference ahead of the Oscars that Zelenskyy’s appearance hasn’t been ruled out, but the Ukrainian president did not show up for the ceremony. Sean Penn made headlines the day before the Oscars by storytelling CNN’s Jim Acosta that he would “smell” his Oscars publicly if the academy decided against asking Zelenskyi to speak during the live broadcast.

“There is nothing greater the Oscars could do than give [Zelenskyy] an opportunity to speak to all of us,” Penn said. “To my understanding, a decision has been made not to do this. I don’t want to comment on whether President Zelenskyy wanted it or not… If the [Academy has] have chosen not to pursue the leadership in Ukraine who are taking bullets and bombs for us, along with the Ukrainian children they are trying to protect, then I think every single one of those people and every part of that decision was for the best will be the most obscene moment in all of Hollywood history.”

Oscar co-host Wanda Sykes closed the prospect of a Zelenskyy Oscars red carpet appearance. tell diversity“I think he’s very busy right now. Hollywood, we can live a little bit of ourselves, and we think what we do is so important. And I get it, yeah, what we’re doing, it’s reaching a lot of people. And we can convince people, but also, just know your lane. You know what I mean? Know your track.”

News of Zelenskyj’s performance was first reported by Showbiz 411.

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