John Legend Leads Powerful Performance for Ukraine at 2022 Grammy Awards

john legend debuted their new song “Free” in honor of Ukraine at the 64th Grammy Awards on Sunday (April 3) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The powerful performance was introduced in a pre-recorded message from the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskywho spoke of the difficulties his country faced during the Russian invasion, but added that “the music will go through” the chaos of war.

Dressed in a bright blue suit paying homage to the Ukrainian flag, The legend led the performance from the piano where he longed for the soldiers to lay down their arms and “let the peace rush”.

He was then joined by several Ukrainian musicians, including Siuzanna Iglidan of Odessa and Mika Newton of Burstyn, whose sister serves in the Ukrainian army, as well as a poet Lyuba Yakimchukwho fled Ukraine a few days before the performance.

The Recording Academy has also partnered with Global Citizen to stand up for Ukraine, encouraging viewers to donate to help provide shelter, food, water, healthcare and more to those who were displaced by the war. For more information, visit the website here.

Taking the Grammys stage, Legend got to see what to expect for his own highly anticipated Las Vegas residency, which kicks off this month at the Zappos Theater. During an exclusive iHeartRadio Live Showhe explained what it means that he joins the ranks of other artists who have had their own residencies.

“It’s amazing. I’m in great company,” he said. “And I know when you get to that point in your career where you’re offered this kind of residency, that means you’ve had success. That you have a real career, you have a repertoire.”

He continued, “And I’m thrilled to see all of this music, all of your favorites, from all of my catalog. We’re going to play your favorite and make sure you have a good show, a good party — and have some really good times. special romantic moments during the show.”

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