Before Amy Schumer co-hosted the Oscars last week, along with Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall, she said that she tried to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to make a cameo appearance on the show. It didn’t happen and thank God because he would have been upstaged by a Telenovella-quality slap. Instead, President Zelenskyy appeared via a pre-recorded message at last night’s 64th annual Grammy Awards to remind us about Putin’s devastating attack on his country.
Trevor Noah hosted the Grammys last night and I don’t know if President Zelenskyy prefers Trevor’s comedy to Amy Schumer’s (which would make sense) but he made an appearance and things got somber really fast. President Zelenskyy spoke about the lives lost in his country and how musicians have replaced their tuxedos with armor to fight for Ukraine. via Variety:
“The war. What is more opposite of music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” Zelenskyy said. “Our children draw swooping rockets, not shooting stars. Over 400 children have been injured and 153 children died, and we will never see them drawing. Our parents are happy to wake up in the morning in bomb shelters, but alive. Our loved ones don’t know if we will be together again. The war doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence.”
Zelenskyy continued, “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals. Even to those who can’t hear them. But the music will break through anyway. We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound. On our land, we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today. Tell our story. Tell the truth about the war on your social networks and TV. But not silence.”
Here is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's pre-taped speech at the #Grammys, introducing a performance for Ukraine from John Legend: "Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals." https://t.co/rjX2S54hkr pic.twitter.com/43fcZTrjQK
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After President Zelenskyy’s moving speech, John Legend performed a tribute to the people of Ukraine along with poet Lyuba Yakimchuk and musicians Mika Newton and Siuzanna Iglidan.
Obviously, President Zelenskyy is extremely busy with leading his country and continuing to fight for his people, but maybe in the future sometime, he can make another appearance at the Grammys to show off his impeccable dance moves: