“The silence of the devastated cities and the killing of people. Our children fired swoop missiles, not meteors,” he said. “More than 400 children were injured and 153 children died. We will never see them paint.”
He linked this to the music industry’s biggest night by saying, “War does not allow us to choose who will survive and who will remain in eternal silence.”
“Our musicians wear flak jackets instead of uniforms… they sing for the wounded. In hospitals,” he said.
He added that “music will spread anyway” and spoke of his country’s defense of its freedom “to live. love. sound.”
Zelensky appealed to those listening “Tell the truth about the war. On your social networks. On TV. Support us in any way you can. Anything. But not silence.”
“And then there will be peace. War destroys all our cities,” he said. “Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovaka, Mariupol and others. They are already legends. But I have a dream that they live. Free. Free as you are on the Grammy stage.”
His speech was followed by a performance by singer John Legend and several Ukrainian artists of the song Legend “Free”.
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